Population of Cities in Kentucky (2018)

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 619,287 people.

Lexington-Fayette

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

325,813

Bowling Green

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

67,924

Owensboro

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

59,643

Covington

Covington is the most populated city in Kenton County.

40,717

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.

35,818

Georgetown

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

35,700

Florence

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

33,144

Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville was established by the Kentucky Assembly om 1804.

30,865

Nicholasville

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

30,528

Name 2018 Population
Louisville/Jefferson County balance619,287
Lexington-Fayette325,813
Bowling Green67,924
Owensboro59,643
Covington40,717
Richmond35,818
Georgetown35,700
Florence33,144
Hopkinsville30,865
Nicholasville30,528
Elizabethtown30,334
Henderson28,777
Frankfort28,105
Independence27,646
Jeffersontown27,326
Paducah25,737
Radcliff22,668
Ashland20,772
Madisonville19,067
Murray19,028
Erlanger19,009
Winchester18,593
St. Matthews18,163
Danville17,022
Fort Thomas16,579
Shelbyville16,058
Shively15,831
Berea15,725
Newport15,053
Glasgow14,780
Mount Washington14,542
Bardstown13,481
Shepherdsville12,234
Somerset11,569
Lyndon11,479
Lawrenceburg11,349
Campbellsville11,223
Alexandria10,028
Mayfield9,931
Paris9,816
Middlesborough9,490
Versailles9,450
La Grange8,998
Maysville8,980
Hillview8,961
Franklin8,911
Edgewood8,776
Elsmere8,564
Harrodsburg8,439
Fort Mitchell8,314
London8,219
Middletown7,891
Morehead7,562
Villa Hills7,528
Corbin 7,466
Mount Sterling7,302
Flatwoods7,271
Oak Grove7,184
Highland Heights7,115
Russellville6,981
Leitchfield6,864
Pikeville6,842
Taylor Mill6,784
Cynthiana6,337
Wilmore6,326
Cold Spring6,247
Vine Grove6,177
Monticello6,115
Princeton6,001
Union5,937
Central City5,801
Fort Wright5,782
Bellevue5,767
Douglass Hills5,732
Lebanon5,620
Dayton5,415
Williamsburg5,381
Hazard5,224
Crestwood5,068
Prospect 4,909
Columbia4,881
Benton4,671
Ludlow4,506
Scottsville4,462
Hurstbourne4,406
Greenville4,320
Paintsville4,107
Crescent Springs4,039
Williamstown 4,013
Walton 4,011
Grayson3,997
Crittenden 3,938
Lancaster3,904
Southgate3,853
Carrollton3,836
Beaver Dam3,710
Stanford3,656
Prestonsburg3,491
Morganfield3,471
West Liberty3,469
Crestview Hills3,336
Springfield3,241
Russell3,216
Hodgenville3,184
Barbourville3,172
Providence3,146
Wilder3,049
Park Hills3,007
Indian Hills2,999
Graymoor-Devondale2,976
Marion2,963
Pioneer Village2,939
Brandenburg2,931
Simpsonville2,851
Flemingsburg2,814
Hartford2,813
Lakeside Park2,774
Stanton2,678
Dawson Springs 2,675
Eminence2,654
Russell Springs2,648
Cadiz2,636
Calvert City2,584
Eddyville2,566
Windy Hills2,486
Louisa2,465
Mount Vernon2,460
Cave City2,456
Morgantown2,439
Anchorage2,439
Horse Cave2,396
Raceland2,382
Irvine2,368
Junction City 2,331
Hardinsburg2,320
Dry Ridge2,253
Tompkinsville2,247
Falmouth2,157
Fulton2,147
Liberty2,145
Greensburg2,134
Hickman2,131
Elkton2,090
Jackson2,065
Albany2,027
Jenkins2,012
Carlisle1,988
Cumberland1,985
Lebanon Junction1,949
Whitesburg1,916
Hurstbourne Acres1,895
Sturgis1,844
Jamestown1,816
Orchard Grass Hills1,792
Catlettsburg1,781
Salyersville1,772
Lewisport1,756
Jeffersonville1,735
Pineville1,730
Midway1,706
Warsaw1,704
Munfordville1,675
Edmonton1,615
Owingsville1,606
Pewee Valley1,595
Sebree1,585
Olive Hill1,567
Worthington1,561
Harlan1,550
Owenton1,527
St. Regis Park1,517
Audubon Park1,509
Burkesville1,497
Coal Run Village1,493
Worthington Hills1,491
Vanceburg1,403
Beechwood Village1,375
Guthrie1,369
Manchester1,367
Earlington1,361
Auburn1,340
Livermore1,337
Clinton1,313
Taylorsville1,290
West Buechel1,281
Barbourmeade1,260
Augusta1,193
Brodhead1,182
Hebron Estates1,169
Irvington1,168
Coldstream1,163
Beattyville1,162
Nortonville1,161
Clay1,158
Cloverport1,157
Greenup1,143
Camargo1,137
Heritage Creek1,136
Silver Grove1,119
Clay City1,104