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Mount Washington, Kentucky
Location of Mount Washington, Kentucky
Location of Mount Washington, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Bullitt
Established 1822
Incorporated 1833
Reincorporated 1954
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km2)
 • Land 6.1 sq mi (15.7 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
705 ft (215 m)
 • Total 9,117
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (579.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-54228
GNIS feature ID 0498905

Mount Washington is a home rule-class city in northeast Bullitt County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 9,117 at the 2010 census. The city is one of several surrounding Louisville that have experienced a sharp rise in population in the past three decades, becoming a commuter town.


Mount Washington is located at what was once the crossroads of two stagecoach routes and was originally known as The Cross Roads. It was formally established in 1822 as Mount Vernon, after President George Washington's Virginia home, but it was unable to continue using the name because another town's post office had priority. At the time, the settlement housed c. 700 people and boasted three churches, two schools, six stores and groceries, five doctors, two taverns, and twelve mechanical trades. At the time of its (first) formal incorporation as a city in 1833, the town's name was changed to "Mount Washington", again in honor of the first United States president.

Mount Washington became the economic center of Bullitt County by the 1850s. In the autumn of 1862, during the Civil War, the town was held by John Wharton's Confederate cavalry, who skirmished with Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden's men north of Mount Washington along Floyds Fork on October 1. A defeat the following day led to a Confederate retreat from the area.

Through the nineteenth century, a two-room school building stood on the southern end of Bardstown Road (now Highway 31E), but in 1916 a new building consisting of four classrooms was built. Where the four-room classroom building once stood, now stands Mt. Washington Middle School. This building was constructed in the early 1940s as the high school. Mt. Washington Middle School had to expand and remodel in 1995 because the population was growing tremendously, and now supports over 200 classrooms and offices. Since then, another middle school had to be built on the other side of the city. That project was completed in 2006.

Mount Washington's industries aged, and by the 1930s it was no longer the most prominent town in the county. The decline continued when fire burned much of the business district on November 18, 1940. Mount Washington enjoyed an influx of new residents starting in the late 1960s with the opening of General Electric's Appliance Park nearby in Louisville. The population of Mount Washington grew from 2,020 in 1970 to over 9,000 by the 2010 census. Despite a downturn at the Appliance Park, and the Mount Washington continues as a commuter town of Louisville.

The events of the final call of the strip search phone call scam took place in Mount Washington in 2004. The local police department charged David R. Stewart with the crime, but he was acquitted in 2006.

A former mayor of Mt. Washington was a contestant on The Price Is Right, playing the Money Game and winning $185 but losing a PT Cruiser; before the game, he presented host Bob Barker with the key to the city.

Historic homes

Three homes in Mt. Washington are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of particular note is the Lloyd House, which is in the care of the Mount Washington Historical Society and is currently being renovated to become a historic house museum.

  • James M. Lloyd House
  • Henry J. Barnes House
  • Zack Stansbury House


Mount Washington is located in northeastern Bullitt County at 38°2′46″N 85°33′17″W / 38.04611°N 85.55472°W / 38.04611; -85.55472 (38.045982, -85.554676). The city of Louisville is directly to the north; the downtown is 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the center of Mount Washington. U.S. Route 31E and U.S. Route 150 pass through the city, leading south 19 miles (31 km) to Bardstown.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Mount Washington has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.8 km2), of which 6.1 square miles (15.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.49%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 227
1860 473
1870 340 −28.1%
1880 387 13.8%
1890 327 −15.5%
1900 1,093 234.3%
1960 1,173
1970 2,020 72.2%
1980 3,997 97.9%
1990 5,226 30.7%
2000 8,485 62.4%
2010 9,117 7.4%
Est. 2015 14,028 53.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,485 people, 3,111 households, and 2,445 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,588.8 people per square mile (613.5/km²). There were 3,294 housing units at an average density of 616.8 per square mile (238.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 3,111 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.03.

The age distribution was 29.0% under 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,813, and the median income for a family was $46,507. Males had a median income of $35,439 versus $23,600 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,495. About 5.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

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