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Science Hill, Kentucky
Science Hill
Science Hill
Location of Science Hill in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
Location of Science Hill in Pulaski County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 37°10′31″N 84°38′8″W / 37.17528°N 84.63556°W / 37.17528; -84.63556Coordinates: 37°10′31″N 84°38′8″W / 37.17528°N 84.63556°W / 37.17528; -84.63556
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.77 sq mi (1.98 km2)
 • Land0.77 sq mi (1.98 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,132 ft (345 m)
 • Total693
 • Estimate 
 • Density908.62/sq mi (350.90/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)606
FIPS code21-68952
GNIS feature ID0503071

Science Hill is a home rule-class city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 693 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.[4]


The community was named by geologist William J. Bobbitt, who visited to gather and analyze the local rocks, and applied to the local post office by William B. Gragg in 1874.[5]


Science Hill is located at 37°10′31″N 84°38′8″W / 37.17528°N 84.63556°W / 37.17528; -84.63556 (37.175284, -84.635654).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land. The city is concentrated atop a small hill along Kentucky Route 635. Kentucky Route 1247 passes through the city just east of its downtown area, and U.S. Route 27 passes along the city's eastern border. The Big Clifty Creek Valley lies just to the west of Science Hill.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)696[3]0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 634 people, 249 households, and 184 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,013.0 inhabitants per square mile (388.6/km2). There were 275 housing units at an average density of 439.4 per square mile (168.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.21% White, 0.16% Native American, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 249 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,464, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $18,583 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,476. About 11.2% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.


The Science Hill Independent School was founded in 1895. Since then it has moved several times to accommodate growth. The school enrolls students from pre-school up to the 8th grade. Since the school is independent, students graduating from Science Hill can choose either the county or Somerset City High Schools. Though the school has an enrollment of around 500, it consistently ranks among the highest-performing primary and elementary schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Science Hill has a lending library, a branch of the Pulaski County Public Library.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

Science Hill is referenced in the 2014 movie Edge of Tomorrow, as the hometown of Master Sergeant Farell (played by Bill Paxton). The source of the town name is unknown (to the character), and Master Sergeant Farell says he "Never asked, don't care."[9]


  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Science Hill, Kentucky". Accessed 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 265. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 August 2013.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Edge of Tomorrow Quotes, Movie Quotes and More. Accessed: 8 May 2017.

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