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Park Hills, Kentucky
Location of Park Hills, Kentucky
Location of Park Hills, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Kenton
Incorporated 1927
Named for nearby Devou Park
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
751 ft (229 m)
 • Total 2,977
 • Density 3,840.2/sq mi (1,482.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-59255
GNIS feature ID 0500180

Park Hills is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The city is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and has been recommended as the "Best Place to Live" in the area by Cincinnati Magazine. Much of the city was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 as the Park Hills Historic District. The population was 2,970 at the 2010 census.


The area of present-day Park Hills was subdivided and settled c. 1845 on land owned by Messrs. Coran, Corry, and Spencer. This community remained quite small until D. Collins Lee and Robert Simmons developed the area in 1926 and incorporated the present city the next year.


Park Hills is located at 39°4′13″N 84°31′51″W / 39.07028°N 84.53083°W / 39.07028; -84.53083 (39.070261, -84.530854), 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and approximately 10 miles (16 km) from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land. The city is part of the Bluegrass Region of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, part of the Upland South region of the United States.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,275
1940 1,615 26.7%
1950 2,577 59.6%
1960 4,076 58.2%
1970 3,999 −1.9%
1980 3,500 −12.5%
1990 3,321 −5.1%
2000 2,977 −10.4%
2010 2,970 −0.2%
Est. 2015 3,007 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,977 people, 1,382 households, and 725 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,840.2 people per square mile (1,473.6/km²). There were 1,523 housing units at an average density of 1,964.6 per square mile (753.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.64% White, 1.65% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 1,382 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.5% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city, the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,227, and the median income for a family was $65,833. Males had a median income of $39,450 versus $31,719 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,486. About 2.8% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

Catholic education

There are two private schools within the community, Covington Catholic High School and Notre Dame Academy. Covington Catholic is all male and Notre Dame is all female, both schools are run by the Diocese of Covington and their Department of Catholic Schools. The Diocese runs 17 schools in Kenton County.

Both Covington Catholic and Notre Dame are known for their strong academic programs as well as athletic success. Covington Catholic, known as the Colonels, won state AAA football titles in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 2006. The Colonels have also won the regional track and field title every year since 1994, the state baseball title in 2002 with a national record of 40 wins and 3 losses and the swimming program has won nine consecutive regional titles. At Notre Dame, the Pandas won the state volleyball title in 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1994, a state soccer title in 2004 as well as numerous regional titles in other sports.

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