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Highland Heights is a home rule-class city[2] in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 6,923 at the 2010 U.S. census.[3]

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Municipal complex
Municipal complex
"Growth Through Progress"
Location of Highland Heights in Campbell County, Kentucky.
Location of Highland Heights in Campbell County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 39°2′24″N 84°27′21″W / 39.04000°N 84.45583°W / 39.04000; -84.45583Coordinates: 39°2′24″N 84°27′21″W / 39.04000°N 84.45583°W / 39.04000; -84.45583
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Land2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
853 ft (260 m)
 • Total6,923
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,674/sq mi (1,032.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
41076, 41099
Area code(s)859
FIPS code21-36604
GNIS feature ID0494211

Highland Heights is home to Northern Kentucky University and General Cable, a Fortune 500 company[4] whose present headquarters were constructed in 1992. It is located in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.



The area has been known as "the Highlands" since the 19th century. The District of the Highlands was incorporated in 1867; Fort Thomas was separately incorporated from its northern reaches in 1914. The local post office was established in 1927, and the community of Highland Heights incorporated itself separately the same year.[5][6]

Northern Kentucky State College, previously sited in Park Hills, was relocated to a larger campus in the city in 1971. It is now known as Northern Kentucky University (NKU), and subsidiary businesses and related developments have grown in the city.[6]


Highland Heights is located in northern Campbell County at 39°2′24″N 84°27′21″W / 39.04000°N 84.45583°W / 39.04000; -84.45583 (39.040035, −84.455851).[7] It is bordered to the north by Fort Thomas, to the west by Wilder, and to the south by Cold Spring. Interstate 275, the beltway around Cincinnati, runs along the western and northern edges of Highland Heights. Its interchange with Interstate 471 is at the northern border of Highland Heights. Via I-471, Highland Heights is 7 miles (11 km) southeast of downtown Cincinnati.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all land.[3]


Census Pop.
Est. 20167,155[1]3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 6,923 people, 2,610 households, and 1,282 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,881.9 people per square mile (1,114.8/km²). There were 2,787 housing units at an average density of 1,225.5 per square mile (474.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White, 5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2% Asian, less than 0.01%% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 2,610 households, of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.9% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city, the population was spread out with 13.6% under the age of 18, 33.7% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,784, and the median income for a family was $48,090. Males had a median income of $38,314 versus $29,038 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,651. About 5.0% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.


Residents are within the Campbell County School District.[10] Residents are zoned to Campbell County High School in Alexandria.

The Japanese Language School of Greater Cincinnati (シンシナティ日本語補習校 Shinshinati Nihongo Hoshūkō) is a weekend supplementary Japanese school held at the Mathematics, Education and Psychology Center (MP), formerly known as the Business Education Psychology (BEP) Building,[11] at Northern Kentucky University. The school was founded in 1975.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Highland Heights city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  4. ^ CNN Money. "Fortune 500 2012: States: Kentucky Companies". 21 May 2012. Accessed 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 140. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b The Kentucky Encyclopedia, pp. 429. "Highland Heights". University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1992. Accessed 30 July 2013.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Campbell County, KY" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Wood, Karli. "Name changes alter campus face" (Archive). The Northerner. September 14, 2011. Retrieved on May 8, 2014. "With the construction of Griffin Hall, NKU moved 550 operations between the Business Education Psychology (BEP) and Applied Science and Technology (ST) buildings,[...]and BEP will be called the Mathematics, Education and Psychology Center."
  12. ^ "English Information" (Archive). Japanese Language School of Greater Cincinnati. Retrieved on May 8, 2014. "BEP102 Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099"

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