Population of Cities in Kentucky (2019)

0
Over 1 Million
2
100,000 to 1 Million
36
10,000 to 100,000

The southeastern state of Kentucky is ranked 26th among all states in the United States in terms of population, with a total estimated population of 4.4 million per 2017 estimates. Louisville and the Jefferson County metro government balance is the most populated city in the state, with a population of 615,366. The second most-populous city and the only other city with a population that exceeds 100,000 is the Lexington-Fayette urban county with a total population count of 314,488. There is a total of 36 cities with populations that land between 10,000 and 100,000. Frankfort, the state’s capital, is ranked 13 among all other cities by population, with just 27,830 residents.

There is a total of 419 cities in the entire state. These cities are divided into two classes based on their type of government and not their population, as is seen in many other U.S. states. First class cities hold a mayor-alderman style of government, while home rule class use any other form of government. This system was changed in 2015 from one that divided cities across six classes based on their population. There are multiple cities throughout Kentucky that have populations that fall under 1,000 people, while there are a handful that have even lower populations that don’t even hit 100. The smallest city per estimates in 2015 is South Park View, which has a population of just seven people.

Kentucky has 0 cities with more than a million people, 2 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 36 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Kentucky is Louisville/Jefferson County balance, with a population of 620,800 people.

Lexington-Fayette

This city is one of the top ten in the country when it comes to college education rates.

329,495

Bowling Green

Bowling Green has been named by Forbes as one of the top cities to retire.

69,269

Owensboro

Owensboro was originally called Yellow Banks because of the color of the land along the Ohio River.

59,828

Covington

Covington is the most populated city in Kenton County.

40,677

Richmond

Richmond's commercial and residential boom placed it in the top 10 most populous cities in the state after ranking number 11 during the 2000 U.S. Census.

36,401

Georgetown

This city's name used to be Lebanon until it was renamed in honor of George Washington.

36,830

Florence

This city has been renamed several times, including its original name Crossroads.

33,486

Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville was established by the Kentucky Assembly om 1804.

30,392

Nicholasville

This city was founded in 1798 and was incorporated as a city 39 years later.

30,789

Name 2019 Population
Louisville/Jefferson County balance620,800
Lexington-Fayette329,495
Bowling Green69,269
Owensboro59,828
Covington40,677
Georgetown36,830
Richmond36,401
Florence33,486
Nicholasville30,789
Elizabethtown30,548
Hopkinsville30,392
Henderson28,745
Frankfort28,215
Independence27,957
Jeffersontown27,313
Paducah26,033
Radcliff22,757
Ashland20,639
Erlanger19,107
Murray19,039
Madisonville18,901
Winchester18,659
St. Matthews18,209
Danville17,132
Fort Thomas16,646
Shelbyville16,330
Berea16,014
Shively15,871
Newport14,959
Glasgow14,873
Mount Washington14,633
Bardstown13,608
Shepherdsville12,310
Somerset11,610
Lyndon11,515
Lawrenceburg11,439
Campbellsville11,141
Alexandria10,372
Mayfield9,897
Paris9,804
Versailles9,540
Middlesborough9,422
La Grange9,136
Maysville9,037
Hillview9,016
Franklin8,955
Edgewood8,790
Elsmere8,586
Harrodsburg8,449
Fort Mitchell8,328
London8,250
Middletown7,914
Villa Hills7,558
Corbin 7,500
Morehead7,464
Mount Sterling7,332
Flatwoods7,251
Highland Heights7,095
Oak Grove7,091
Russellville6,971
Leitchfield6,859
Taylor Mill6,798
Pikeville6,710
Wilmore6,333
Cynthiana6,314
Vine Grove6,305
Cold Spring6,257
Monticello6,129
Union6,002
Princeton5,942
Fort Wright5,790
Central City5,773
Douglass Hills5,750
Bellevue5,728
Lebanon5,611
Dayton5,416
Williamsburg5,415
Hazard5,186
Crestwood5,147
Prospect 4,926
Columbia4,879
Benton4,741
Ludlow4,497
Scottsville4,485
Hurstbourne4,420
Greenville4,297
Paintsville4,059
Crescent Springs4,054
Walton 4,053
Williamstown 4,037
Grayson3,974
Crittenden 3,969
Lancaster3,923
Southgate3,857
Carrollton3,817
Beaver Dam3,741
Stanford3,653
West Liberty3,516
Prestonsburg3,466
Morganfield3,435
Crestview Hills3,338
Springfield3,300
Russell3,202
Barbourville3,173
Providence3,168
Hodgenville3,163
Wilder3,038
Park Hills3,011
Indian Hills3,009
Graymoor-Devondale2,984
Brandenburg2,960
Pioneer Village2,959
Marion2,954
Simpsonville2,901
Hartford2,834
Flemingsburg2,789
Lakeside Park2,776
Eminence2,698
Russell Springs2,695
Stanton2,682
Dawson Springs 2,653
Cadiz2,641
Calvert City2,601
Eddyville2,563
Windy Hills2,494
Cave City2,473
Louisa2,461
Mount Vernon2,447
Anchorage2,446
Morgantown2,432
Horse Cave2,412
Raceland2,381
Irvine2,353
Junction City 2,347
Hardinsburg2,317
Dry Ridge2,270
Tompkinsville2,234
Falmouth2,166
Liberty2,140
Greensburg2,137
Fulton2,115
Hickman2,105
Elkton2,067
Jackson2,039
Albany2,034
Carlisle1,985
Jenkins1,983
Lebanon Junction1,960
Cumberland1,948
Hurstbourne Acres1,902
Whitesburg1,887
Jamestown1,821
Sturgis1,821
Orchard Grass Hills1,821
Lewisport1,774
Catlettsburg1,770
Salyersville1,758
Jeffersonville1,745
Pineville1,717
Warsaw1,712
Midway1,706
Munfordville1,686
Edmonton1,630
Pewee Valley1,619
Owingsville1,613
Sebree1,591
Worthington1,556
Olive Hill1,555
Harlan1,522
St. Regis Park1,521
Owenton1,521
Audubon Park1,511
Worthington Hills1,496
Burkesville1,491
Coal Run Village1,459
Vanceburg1,391
Beechwood Village1,379
Manchester1,355
Guthrie1,350
Earlington1,349
Auburn1,336
Livermore1,332
Clinton1,309
Taylorsville1,309
West Buechel1,285
Barbourmeade1,262
Augusta1,202
Hebron Estates1,177
Brodhead1,174
Coldstream1,166
Irvington1,163
Clay1,162
Cloverport1,158
Nortonville1,151
Camargo1,142
Heritage Creek1,142
Greenup1,138
Beattyville1,136
Silver Grove1,120
Clay City1,107