More on Pike County, where 8 people were killed

More on Pike County, where 8 people were killed
Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 23, 2016

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