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Pewee Valley, Kentucky
Location of Pewee Valley in Oldham County, Kentucky.
Location of Pewee Valley in Oldham County, Kentucky.
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Oldham
Settled 1852
Incorporated 1870
Named for a local bird
 • Total 1.94 sq mi (5.03 km2)
 • Land 1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
781 ft (238 m)
 • Total 1,588
 • Density 821.95/sq mi (317.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-60492
GNIS feature ID 0500496

Pewee Valley is a home rule-class city in Oldham County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 1,456 at the 2010 census.


The site of present-day Pewee Valley was first settled as a stop on the Louisville and Frankfort Railroad in 1852 under the name Smith's Station, although it remains unclear which Smith gave his name to the community. It may have been Henry S. Smith, the son of a local pioneer, or Thomas Smith, a local shopkeep. The name was changed to Pewee Valley on the establishment of a post office by Henry's son Charles Franklin Smith in 1856. The name refers to the eastern wood pewee, a local bird, but, as the town lies on a ridge, the reason for naming the settlement a "valley" remains obscure.


Pewee Valley is located at 38°18′34″N 85°29′21″W / 38.30944°N 85.48917°W / 38.30944; -85.48917 (38.309552, -85.489137). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 435
1900 464 6.7%
1910 651 40.3%
1920 649 −0.3%
1930 582 −10.3%
1940 625 7.4%
1950 687 9.9%
1960 881 28.2%
1970 950 7.8%
1980 982 3.4%
1990 1,283 30.7%
2000 1,436 11.9%
2010 1,456 1.4%
2020 1,588 9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
Crestwood Pewee Valley
Interstate 71 exit sign for Crestwood and Pewee Valley in Kentucky.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,436 people, 484 households, and 394 families residing in the city. The population density was 761.8 people per square mile (294.9/km2). There were 502 housing units at an average density of 266.3 per square mile (103.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.10% White, 2.37% African American, 0.28% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.02% of the population.

There were 484 households, out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.3% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.6% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $71,625, and the median income for a family was $81,639. Males had a median income of $65,556 versus $33,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,845. About 2.0% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

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