Mockingbird Valley, Kentucky

Coordinates: 38°16′12″N 85°40′54″W / 38.27000°N 85.68167°W / 38.27000; -85.68167
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Mockingbird Valley, Kentucky
Location of Mockingbird Valley in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Location of Mockingbird Valley in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Mockingbird Valley is located in Kentucky
Mockingbird Valley
Mockingbird Valley
Location within the state of Kentucky
Mockingbird Valley is located in the United States
Mockingbird Valley
Mockingbird Valley
Mockingbird Valley (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°16′12″N 85°40′54″W / 38.27000°N 85.68167°W / 38.27000; -85.68167
CountryUnited States
Incorporatedc. 1940[1]
 • Total0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
 • Land0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation502 ft (153 m)
 • Total175
 • Density845.41/sq mi (326.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
FIPS code21-52842
GNIS feature ID2404279[3]
These local-landmark lawn sculptures are part of the distinctive Mockingbird Valley Road

Mockingbird Valley is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States.[1] Since incorporation, there has been some interest in making it a historic preservation district, largely to prevent unwanted development. The population was 167 at the 2010 census.[4] It has the highest per capita income of any location in Kentucky and the tenth-highest of any location in the United States.[citation needed]

Located directly to the east of Louisville along the Ohio River, Mockingbird Valley is frequently referred to as a "country enclave" and is noted for its rural feel. It is located on river bluffs and rolling hills, with large homes set back from the road, heavy tree density, bridges and walls using traditional local materials, as well as undisturbed rock outcroppings. One-third of the roads are privately owned, and the entire city is zoned residential except for a small commercial parking lot.


The first house, Rock Hill, was built in 1840 near River Road and still remains. Although it was initially agricultural, wealthy Louisvillians eventually began building summer homes in Mockingbird Valley, starting with Atilla Cox in 1905 (nearby Cox Park is named for his wife Carrie). An interurban railroad soon allowed for commuting to Downtown Louisville, and the first year-round house was built by Stuart English Duncan in 1908. Planned subdivisions were soon built in the area: the Jarvis addition in 1912, Green Hills in 1924, and Overbrook in 1929. It incorporated as a city in 1940. Development has continued slowly as late as 2006, with a final subdivision, Mockingbird Valley River Bluff, being built on 15 lots covering 54 acres (220,000 m2). The city's history is roughly similar to that of Glenview and Anchorage, two other eastern Jefferson County cities.

The Louisville Country Club is located near Mockingbird Valley, built in 1905 and designed by Walter Travis. In 1999, it was one of several private clubs named in a discrimination lawsuit and was eventually forced to turn over its membership records, though no investigation was ever conducted by the state Human Rights Commission. It admitted its first black member in February 2006.[5]


Mockingbird Valley is located in northern Jefferson County. It is bordered to the east by Rolling Fields and on all other sides by consolidated Louisville/Jefferson County. It is 5 miles (8 km) northeast of downtown Louisville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.21 square miles (0.55 km2), all of it recorded as land.[4]


Numerous wild animals reside in Mockingbird Valley, including white-tailed deer, coyote, red fox, groundhog, opossum, raccoon and the occasional mink. Birding enthusiasts have also recorded sightings of wild turkey, blue heron, turkey vulture, red tail hawk, pileated woodpecker, and the great horned owl. Due to the karst topography, reptiles and amphibians such as the box turtle, ring neck snake, red salamander and five-lined skink are also common.[citation needed]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 190 people, 74 households, and 58 families residing in the city. The population density was 905.4 inhabitants per square mile (349.6/km2). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 390.8 per square mile (150.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 1.05% Asian, and 1.58% from two or more races.

There were 74 households, out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.0% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 2.1% from 18 to 24, 16.8% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was in excess of $200,000, as was the median income for a family. Males had a median income over $100,000 versus $14,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $134,745. None of the families and none of the population were below the poverty line.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Mockingbird Valley, Kentucky". Accessed 26 August 2013.
  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: Mockingbird Valley, Kentucky
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Mockingbird Valley city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Shafer, Sheldon (February 20, 2006). "Country club gets first black member". The Courier-Journal. p. 1B.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Elson, Martha (August 18, 2002). "Wealth defined: Median income tops $200,000 in tiny city". Courier-Journal.
  • Elson, Martha (June 8, 2005). "Estates are planned on bluff". Courier-Journal.
  • Bickel III, Paul; et al. (2006). "Mockingbird Valley Neighborhood Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2008. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)