Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville, Kentucky
Consolidated city-county
Louisville/Jefferson County
Metro Government
From top: Louisville downtown skyline at night, Cathedral of the Assumption, Thunder Over Louisville fireworks during the Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Fourth Street Live!, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Flag of Louisville, Kentucky
Official seal of Louisville, Kentucky
Nickname(s): Derby City, River City,[1] (The) Gateway to the South,[2] Falls City, The 'Ville[3]
highlighted portion of Jefferson County represents the “balance” population of Louisville. Also seen is the location of Louisville in the state of Kentucky.
highlighted portion of Jefferson County represents the “balance” population of Louisville. Also seen is the location of Louisville in the state of Kentucky.
Louisville is located in the US
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°13.52′N 85°44.5′W / 38.22533°N 85.7417°W / 38.22533; -85.7417Coordinates: 38°13.52′N 85°44.5′W / 38.22533°N 85.7417°W / 38.22533; -85.7417
Country United States United States
State Kentucky Kentucky
County Jefferson
Established 1778[4]
Incorporated 1828[4]
Founded by George Rogers Clark
Named for Louis XVI
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Mayor Greg Fischer (D)
 • Metro Council 26 council members
 • Consolidated city-county 397.68 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Land 380.46 sq mi (985.4 km2)
 • Water 17.23 sq mi (44.6 km2)
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2016)
 • Consolidated city-county 767,355 (consolidated)
616,261 (balance)
 • Rank US: 29th[d]
KY: 1st
 • Density 1,924/sq mi (743.0/km2)
 • Urban 972,546[b] (US: 43rd)
 • Metro 1,269,702 (US: 43rd[a])
 • CSA 1,498,593[5] (US: 35th[c])
 • GMP $67.3 billion (US: 48th)
Demonym(s) Louisvillian
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code prefixes major: 402xx
minor: 400xx, 401xx
Area code 502
FIPS code 21-48006
GNIS feature ID 0509453[6]
USDA hardiness zones 6b, 7a
Interstates I-64.svg I-65.svg I-71.svg I-264.svg I-265.svg
Airports Louisville International Airport, Bowman Field
Waterways Ohio River, Beargrass Creek, Floyds Fork, Harrods Creek
Public transit TARC
Website LouisvilleKy.gov

Louisville is the largest city in the state of Kentucky in the USA. The settlement that became the City of Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark. It is named after King Louis XVI of France. It was an important riverport in the 19th century. Many people come to the city in May for the Kentucky Derby horse race.

Here are some pictures of buildings in Louisville:

References[change | change source]

  1. "Transit Authority of River City (TARC)". ridetarc.org. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  2. 4.0 4.1 Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Louisville, Kentucky". Accessed September 19, 2013.
  3. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014 – United States – Combined Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico". 2014 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  4. "GNIS Detail – Louisville". Retrieved June 23, 2014.


  1. The United States MSA table excludes the San Juan, Puerto Rico MSA which has a higher population than Louisville.
  2. Based on 2010 data.
  3. 2015 ranking.
  4. Louisville's "balance" population is considered in determining rank among cities in the U.S.