Cave City, Kentucky
official_name = Cave City, Kentucky
imagesize = 250px
image_caption = The Wigwam Village Motel is one of Cave City's unique attractions
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Cave City, Kentucky
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Barren
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 11.2
area_land_km2 = 11.2
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 4.3
area_land_sq_mi = 4.3
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1880
population_density_km2 = 168.0
population_density_sq_mi = 435.2
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 193
elevation_ft = 633
latd = 37 |latm = 8 |lats = 14 |latNS = N
longd = 85 |longm = 57 |longs = 25 |longEW = W
Cave City is located at coor dms|37|8|14|N|85|57|25|W|city (37.137130, -85.956958)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,880 people, 844 households, and 544 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 435.2 people per square mile (168.0/km²). There were 914 housing units at an average density of 211.6/sq mi (81.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.74% White, 7.13% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.
There were 844 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,257, and the median income for a family was $30,179. Males had a median income of $28,098 versus $20,214 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $15,346. About 18.6% of families and 23.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.4% of those under age 18 and 24.9% of those age 65 or over.
Business and Economy
Cave City's main industry is tourism, thanks to its proximity to
Mammoth Cave National Park. A number of motels and restaurants are located at the interchange of Interstate 65and state routes 70 and 90, which cater to tourists visiting the area or just passing through. The city operates a small convention center that is popular with church groups and other family-related organizations, mainly because of the area's lack of crime and abundance of tourist attractions. Cave City has long been a gateway to Mammoth Cave; in the era of passenger rail travel, trains of the Louisville and Nashville Railroadwould discharge tourists there, who would then be shuttled to the cave.
Aside from tourism, the city's economy is largely agricultural.
Cave City is governed by a mayor and an elected city council. The current mayor (
as of 2006) is Bob Hunt, owner of a local funeral home, who is starting his fourth term in office. Hunt recently attracted attention by casting the tie-breaking vote against an ordinance considered by the council, which would have banned the use of tobaccoin public places. (The region around Cave City is one of the largest tobacco-producing areas in the world.)
Liquor in Cave City
On November 8th,
2005Cave City voters passed a Liquor-by-the-Drink Referendum that for the first time in over 50 years will allow alcohol to be served in restaurants that meet certain qualifications. The Sahara Steakhouse, owned by Brian and Emily Dale, was the first restaurant in Cave City to obtain a license to sell alcoholic beverages in the city limits a year after it was made legal.
El Mazatlan, a Mexican restaurant owned by Sydney Bunnell, now has a license as well.
* [http://www.cavecity.com cavecity.com - Cave City Convention Center and Tourism Bureau site]
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