Population of Cities in Kentucky (2019)

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.

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

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 Location
Louisville/Jefferson County balance620,800Map
Lexington-Fayette329,495Map
Bowling Green69,269Map
Owensboro59,828Map
Covington40,677Map
Georgetown36,830Map
Richmond36,401Map
Florence33,486Map
Nicholasville30,789Map
Elizabethtown30,548Map
Hopkinsville30,392Map
Henderson28,745Map
Frankfort28,215Map
Independence27,957Map
Jeffersontown27,313Map
Paducah26,033Map
Radcliff22,757Map
Ashland20,639Map
Erlanger19,107Map
Murray19,039Map
Madisonville18,901Map
Winchester18,659Map
St. Matthews18,209Map
Danville17,132Map
Fort Thomas16,646Map
Shelbyville16,330Map
Berea16,014Map
Shively15,871Map
Newport14,959Map
Glasgow14,873Map
Mount Washington14,633Map
Bardstown13,608Map
Shepherdsville12,310Map
Somerset11,610Map
Lyndon11,515Map
Lawrenceburg11,439Map
Campbellsville11,141Map
Alexandria10,372Map
Mayfield9,897Map
Paris9,804Map
Versailles9,540Map
Middlesborough9,422Map
La Grange9,136Map
Maysville9,037Map
Hillview9,016Map
Franklin8,955Map
Edgewood8,790Map
Elsmere8,586Map
Harrodsburg8,449Map
Fort Mitchell8,328Map
London8,250Map
Middletown7,914Map
Villa Hills7,558Map
Corbin7,500Map
Morehead7,464Map
Mount Sterling7,332Map
Flatwoods7,251Map
Highland Heights7,095Map
Oak Grove7,091Map
Russellville6,971Map
Leitchfield6,859Map
Taylor Mill6,798Map
Pikeville6,710Map
Wilmore6,333Map
Cynthiana6,314Map
Vine Grove6,305Map
Cold Spring6,257Map
Monticello6,129Map
Union6,002Map
Princeton5,942Map
Fort Wright5,790Map
Central City5,773Map
Douglass Hills5,750Map
Bellevue5,728Map
Lebanon5,611Map
Dayton5,416Map
Williamsburg5,415Map
Hazard5,186Map
Crestwood5,147Map
Prospect4,926Map
Columbia4,879Map
Benton4,741Map
Ludlow4,497Map
Scottsville4,485Map
Hurstbourne4,420Map
Greenville4,297Map
Paintsville4,059Map
Crescent Springs4,054Map
Walton4,053Map
Williamstown4,037Map
Grayson3,974Map
Crittenden3,969Map
Lancaster3,923Map
Southgate3,857Map
Carrollton3,817Map
Beaver Dam3,741Map
Stanford3,653Map
West Liberty3,516Map
Prestonsburg3,466Map
Morganfield3,435Map
Crestview Hills3,338Map
Springfield3,300Map
Russell3,202Map
Barbourville3,173Map
Providence3,168Map
Hodgenville3,163Map
Wilder3,038Map
Park Hills3,011Map
Indian Hills3,009Map
Graymoor-Devondale2,984Map
Brandenburg2,960Map
Pioneer Village2,959Map
Marion2,954Map
Simpsonville2,901Map
Hartford2,834Map
Flemingsburg2,789Map
Lakeside Park2,776Map
Eminence2,698Map
Russell Springs2,695Map
Stanton2,682Map
Dawson Springs2,653Map
Cadiz2,641Map
Calvert City2,601Map
Eddyville2,563Map
Windy Hills2,494Map
Cave City2,473Map
Louisa2,461Map
Mount Vernon2,447Map
Anchorage2,446Map
Morgantown2,432Map
Horse Cave2,412Map
Raceland2,381Map
Irvine2,353Map
Junction City2,347Map
Hardinsburg2,317Map
Dry Ridge2,270Map
Tompkinsville2,234Map
Falmouth2,166Map
Liberty2,140Map
Greensburg2,137Map
Fulton2,115Map
Hickman2,105Map
Elkton2,067Map
Jackson2,039Map
Albany2,034Map
Carlisle1,985Map
Jenkins1,983Map
Lebanon Junction1,960Map
Cumberland1,948Map
Hurstbourne Acres1,902Map
Whitesburg1,887Map
Sturgis1,821Map
Jamestown1,821Map
Orchard Grass Hills1,821Map
Lewisport1,774Map
Catlettsburg1,770Map
Salyersville1,758Map
Jeffersonville1,745Map
Pineville1,717Map
Warsaw1,712Map
Midway1,706Map
Munfordville1,686Map
Edmonton1,630Map
Pewee Valley1,619Map
Owingsville1,613Map
Sebree1,591Map
Worthington1,556Map
Olive Hill1,555Map
Harlan1,522Map
St. Regis Park1,521Map
Owenton1,521Map
Audubon Park1,511Map
Worthington Hills1,496Map
Burkesville1,491Map
Coal Run Village1,459Map
Vanceburg1,391Map
Beechwood Village1,379Map
Manchester1,355Map
Guthrie1,350Map
Earlington1,349Map
Auburn1,336Map
Livermore1,332Map
Taylorsville1,309Map
Clinton1,309Map
West Buechel1,285Map
Barbourmeade1,262Map
Augusta1,202Map
Hebron Estates1,177Map
Brodhead1,174Map
Coldstream1,166Map
Irvington1,163Map
Clay1,162Map
Cloverport1,158Map
Nortonville1,151Map
Heritage Creek1,142Map
Camargo1,142Map
Greenup1,138Map
Beattyville1,136Map
Silver Grove1,120Map
Clay City1,107Map