Pippa Passes, Kentucky

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Pippa Passes is a town in Knott County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 297 at the 2000 census. The city is known for Alice Lloyd College.

Pippa Passes was incorporated as a Kentucky sixth-class city on 1 July 1983, and is governed by a mayor and city council.[1] In 2009, the mayor was Scott Cornett, who is also baseball coach for Alice Lloyd College.[2] The police department operates as a combined unit with the college's security organization.[1]


Origin of name

The name of the town is a reference to Robert Browning's verse drama, Pippa Passes, which contains the lines "God's in His heaven, all's right with the world." Pippa works in a sweatshop every day of the year but three. On rare days off, she goes about town singing her song, containing the lines above, which unknown to her influences others to act for the good. The name "Pippa Passes" is supposed to be emblematic of the influence of unconscious good on the world.

The town had no post office when Alice Lloyd, founder of Alice Lloyd College, arrived in 1916. She solicited donations from the Browning Society to found the college and build a post office. The Browning Society suggested Pippa Passes as a name for the post office. The town was earlier Caney Creek and is still called that by its inhabitants.


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)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


In the census[6] of 2000, there were 297 people, 48 households, and 30 families 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/sq mi (36.4/km²). The racial makeup was 97.31% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.68% Asian, and 0.34% from two or more races.

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