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Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Buildings on the Alice Lloyd campus
Buildings on the Alice Lloyd campus
Caney, Caney Creek
Location of Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Location of Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Knott
Incorporated 1983
Named for a Robert Browning poem
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
991 ft (302 m)
 • Total 533
 • Density 1,064.0/sq mi (380.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 606
FIPS code 21-61374
GNIS feature ID 0500757

Pippa Passes is a home rule-class city located along Caney Creek in Knott County, eastern Kentucky, United States. Its formal name was chosen to honor benefactors of Alice Lloyd College. After more than a century, its residents commonly call the community as Caney or Caney Creek. The population was 533 at the time of the year 2010 U.S. Census. The small city is located in the mountainous Appalachia region, an area of coal mining.


European Americans had long called this settlement "Caney" or "Caney Creek" by 1916, when Alice Lloyd arrived from Boston. She solicited funds for the construction of a local post office and the founding of Caney Creek Junior College, which were opened in 1917 and 1923, respectively. A donation from the Browning Society led to the post office's being named after Robert Browning's Pippa Passes. In this verse drama he coined the phrase "God's in His heaven, all's right with the world." (Given the U.S. Postal Service's preference for monogrammatic names, this location was known as Pippapass until 1955.)

The city of Pippa Passes was incorporated by the state assembly on July 1, 1983.


Pippa Passes is at 37°20′5″N 82°52′32″W / 37.33472°N 82.87556°W / 37.33472; -82.87556 (37.334629, -82.875490). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 195
2000 297 52.3%
2010 533 79.5%
Est. 2015 643 20.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 297 people, 48 households, and 30 families residing in the city. The population density was 557.3 per square mile (216.4/km²). There were 50 housing units at an average density of 93.8 per square mile (36.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.31% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.68% Asian, and 0.34% from two or more races.

There were 48 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 2.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the city, the population was spread out with 13.8% under the age of 18, 62.0% from 18 to 24, 12.8% from 25 to 44, 8.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 24.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 17.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $73,250. Males had a median income of $38,625 versus $25,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,780. About 3.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

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