CINCINNATI -- Many Cincinnatians had never visited or even heard of Pike County before Friday's news of a mass killing.
Pike County, located 70 miles east of Cincinnati near the Appalachian Mountains, was home to the Rhoden family, eight of whom were shot execution-style in their homes on Friday, deputies say. The rural county has a population below 30,000 and a "Mayberryesque" feel.
Here's what you need to know about Pike County:
- Population: 28,709
- Total area: 444 square miles
- Adjacent to Adams County
- Number of households: 10,944
- Median household income: 43,010
- Unemployment rate: 6.9 percent, with a percent change of -13.2 from 2013-2014
- Households below the poverty line: 23.6 percent
- Racial makeup: 96.2 percent white, 1.1 percent African American, 0.9 percent Hispanic/Latino, 0.6 percent Native American, 0.3 percent Asian American
- In the 2013 election, 5,685 votes from Pike County were Republican, 5,684 were Democrat
- Residents with a high school diploma: 77.1 percent
- Residents with a college degree: 11.4 percent
All data reported by the U.S Census Bureau