Population of Cities in Kentucky (2017)

0
Over 1 Million
0
100,000 to 1 Million
31
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, 0 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 31 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Kentucky is Bowling Green, with a population of 65,234 people.

Bowling Green

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

65,234

Owensboro

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

59,273

Covington

Covington is the most populated city in Kenton County.

40,797

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.

34,652

Georgetown

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

33,440

Florence

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

32,460

Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville was established by the Kentucky Assembly om 1804.

31,811

Nicholasville

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

30,006

Name 2017 Population
Bowling Green65,234
Owensboro59,273
Covington40,797
Richmond34,652
Georgetown33,440
Florence32,460
Hopkinsville31,811
Nicholasville30,006
Elizabethtown29,906
Henderson28,841
Frankfort27,885
Independence27,024
Paducah25,145
Radcliff22,490
Ashland21,038
Madisonville19,399
Murray19,006
Erlanger18,813
Winchester18,461
Danville16,802
Fort Thomas16,445
Shelbyville15,514
Newport15,241
Berea15,147
Glasgow14,594
Mount Washington14,360
Bardstown13,227
Shepherdsville12,082
Somerset11,487
Campbellsville11,387
Lawrenceburg11,169
Mayfield9,999
Paris9,840
Alexandria9,340
Versailles9,270
Maysville8,866
Hillview8,851
Franklin8,823
La Grange8,722
Harrodsburg8,419
London8,157
Morehead7,758
Corbin7,398
Oak Grove7,370
Flatwoods7,311
Mount Sterling7,242
Pikeville7,106
Russellville7,001
Leitchfield6,874
Cynthiana6,383
Wilmore6,312
Princeton6,119
Monticello6,087
Vine Grove5,921
Central City5,857
Bellevue5,845
Union5,807
Lebanon5,638
Dayton5,413
Williamsburg5,313
Hazard5,300
Crestwood4,910
Columbia4,885
Prospect4,875
Benton4,531
Scottsville4,416
Greenville4,366
Paintsville4,203
Grayson4,043
Williamstown3,965
Walton3,927
Crittenden3,876
Carrollton3,874
Lancaster3,866
Stanford3,662
Beaver Dam3,648
Morganfield3,543
Prestonsburg3,541
West Liberty3,375
Russell3,244
Hodgenville3,226
Barbourville3,170
Springfield3,123
Providence3,102
Marion2,981
Brandenburg2,873
Flemingsburg2,864
Hartford2,771
Simpsonville2,751
Dawson Springs2,719
Stanton2,670
Cadiz2,626
Eddyville2,572
Eminence2,566
Russell Springs2,554
Calvert City2,550
Mount Vernon2,486
Louisa2,473
Morgantown2,453
Cave City2,422
Irvine2,398
Horse Cave2,364
Hardinsburg2,326
Junction City2,299
Tompkinsville2,273
Dry Ridge2,219
Fulton2,211
Hickman2,183
Liberty2,155
Falmouth2,139
Elkton2,136
Greensburg2,128
Jackson2,117
Jenkins2,070
Cumberland2,059
Albany2,013
Carlisle1,994
Whitesburg1,974
Lebanon Junction1,927
Sturgis1,890
Jamestown1,806
Catlettsburg1,803
Salyersville1,800
Pineville1,756
Lewisport1,720
Jeffersonville1,715
Midway1,706
Warsaw1,688
Munfordville1,653
Harlan1,606
Owingsville1,592
Olive Hill1,591
Edmonton1,585
Sebree1,573
Worthington1,571
Pewee Valley1,547
Owenton1,539
Burkesville1,509
Vanceburg1,427
Guthrie1,407
Manchester1,391
Earlington1,385
Auburn1,348
Livermore1,347
Clinton1,321
Taylorsville1,252
Beattyville1,214
Brodhead1,198
Nortonville1,181
Irvington1,178
Augusta1,175
Cloverport1,155
Greenup1,153
Clay1,150
Silver Grove1,117
Clay City1,098
South Shore1,086
Bloomfield1,064
Hawesville1,015
Muldraugh987
La Center986
Goshen985
Burgin968
Uniontown951
Ferguson941
New Castle937
Elkhorn City932
Dixon907
White Plains905
Burnside900
New Haven896
Clarkson885
Adairville876
Pembroke874
West Point870
Pleasureville851
Mortons Gap846
Evarts836
Brownsville832
Crab Orchard831
Lewisburg795
Millersburg792
Campbellsburg791
Smiths Grove770
Perryville766
Calhoun757
Stamping Ground746
Salem735
Powderly734
Hindman733
Crofton731
Hanson729
Loretto709
Corydon702
Science Hill697
Lynch694
Bardwell691
Inez672
Wickliffe672
Kuttawa660