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Pikeville, KY. (August 16, 2021) Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter announced today the City outpaced projections for population growth in the 2020 Census, increasing more than 12% in the last decade.  Even as chronic challenges facing neighboring communities and those across the border in Virginia and West Virginia have resulted in population declines, Kentuckians continue choosing Pikeville to live and work.  

“The City of Pikeville is a welcoming destination for families, workers and travelers seeking an authentic Eastern Kentucky experience. I’m honored that more people are choosing to make our community their home,” said Mayor Carter. “Pikeville has taken a strategic shift to embrace new opportunities for growth, and our plan will continue to serve the city and our residents well.” 

With an additional 851 residents since the previous Census, the City of Pikeville is now home to 7,754 Kentuckians. 

“Every day, more visitors are discovering Pikeville’s unique history, thrilling attractions and top-of-the-line accommodations. Our effort to increase tourism, along with the City’s strong partnerships with top job creators, educational institutions and cultural leaders, will bring new possibility to our region,” said Pikeville City Manager Philip Elswick. “We will keep investing in our potential from Main Street to the mountains to continue this impressive population growth.” 

“It is good to see the City of Pikeville not only growing in population but thriving,” said Donovan Blackburn, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) President and CEO. “PMC’s tremendous physical growth has significantly expanded the health care services offered in our region, and these expansions serve to replenish the economy with more than 3,000 employees and 380 credentialed physicians.”  Blackburn continued, “We are dedicated to continuing our mission to advance the health and well-being of our region by providing comprehensive care in a Christian environment as the City grows.” 

“The University of Pikeville is proud of our City, and we encourage our students and graduates to put their skills to work here,” said Burton Webb, UPIKE President. “The City of Pikeville, Pike County, and the whole Appalachian region have great things to offer.  We are pleased to partner with leaders from across the region, inspiring future leaders and fueling innovation for Eastern Kentucky.”

“Pikeville was a great choice to locate my business,” said Emily Hall, owner of Two Chicks and Company of Pikeville.  “My customers live in Pikeville or just down the road, and the city continues attracting more traffic into my shop. As a result, I’m growing my business and supporting my employees. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.” 


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