Mount Olivet, Kentucky

Coordinates: 38°31′54″N 84°02′09″W / 38.53167°N 84.03583°W / 38.53167; -84.03583
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Mount Olivet, Kentucky
Downtown Mount Olivet
Downtown Mount Olivet
Location of Mount Olivet in Robertson County, Kentucky.
Location of Mount Olivet in Robertson County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 38°31′54″N 84°02′09″W / 38.53167°N 84.03583°W / 38.53167; -84.03583
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedDecember 27, 1851[1]
ReincorporatedMarch 18, 1871[1]
Named forthe Mount of Olives
 • Total0.83 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Land0.83 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation965 ft (294 m)
 • Total347
 • Density419.59/sq mi (162.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-53976
GNIS feature ID2404322[3]

Mount Olivet is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Robertson County, Kentucky, United States,[4] located at the junction of U.S. Route 62 and Kentucky Route 165. The population was 299 at the 2010 United States census.


Long before the town of Mount Olivet was created, the Battle of Blue Licks was fought in 1783 between Patriot American frontiersmen and pro-British Loyalist-Indian allies. The decisive result of the battle was a major American defeat at the end of the American Revolutionary War.

Mount Olivet was founded in 1820 and incorporated on December 27, 1851. It became the county seat of Robertson County when the county was formed in 1867. The town was subsequently dissolved, then reincorporated on March 18, 1871, by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly. Mount Olivet was classified as a fifth-class city until 2015, when it was reclassified as a home rule–class city.[1]

The 1871 act of incorporation established the town's boundary as a perfect circle centered on the intersection of Main and Walnut streets with a radius of 120 poles (1,980 ft; 604 m).[5] However, in 1981, the city clarified that the circle has a radius of 2,620 feet (800 m).[1] In 2014, the city annexed 26.38 acres (10.68 ha) of unincorporated territory, consisting of the new Robertson County School and the rights of way of U.S. Route 62 and Kentucky Route 616 leading to the school.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 289 people, 130 households, and 73 families residing in the city. The population density was 751.8 inhabitants per square mile (290.3/km2). There were 145 housing units at an average density of 377.2 per square mile (145.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.92% White, 1.38% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 130 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.1% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 74.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $25,625. Males had a median income of $21,667 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,172. About 38.4% of families and 37.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 56.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 23.2% of those 65 or over.


Mount Olivet has a lending library, the Robertson County Public Library.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Olivet, Kentucky". Kentucky Land Office. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Olivet, Kentucky
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "An Act to incorporate the Town of Mt. Olivet, Robertson County". Laws of Kentucky. 1871. p. 182 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "An ordinance annexing to the City of Mount Olivet, Kentucky certain territory of land contiguous via corridor to the existing city limits of Mount Olivet, Kentucky" (PDF). City of Mount Olivet. September 30, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.