Louisville, Kentucky Population 2019

Lousiville's estimated 2016 population is around 620,000. The most recent census estimates released put the population at 615,366 in 2015, up from 596,823 in 2010. Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and the 27th most populous city in the United States. Since 2003, the borders of Louisville are the same as Jefferson County, making Louisville a consolidated city-county.

Louisville has an estimated population of 755,000 or 626,000 in the city proper excluding the consolidated community. The city has a population density of 1836 people per square mile. The larger metropolitan area has a population estimated at 1.34 million, which is the 42nd largest metro area in the United States.

Louisville Religion Statistics

There are around 136,000 Roman Catholics in the city, most of whom are of German descent from large-scale immigration in the 19th century. 30% of Louisvillians are Southern Baptist, many of whom are descendants of people who moved to the city from Tennessee and rural Kentucky to work in the factories. German immigrants also brought Evangelical and Lutheran faiths to the city, which are still present today.

There are about 8,500 Jewish people in Louisville, as many Jewish families moved to the area from Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as 4,000 to 10,000 practicing Muslims.

In 2005, Louisville was ranked as the 7th safest large city in the country.

Louisville History

The Louisville area was chosen as a settlement because it is located at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, which created a barrier to river travel. The first European settlement was Corn Island in 1779. Two years later, the town charter for Louisville was approved, and the city was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France, whose soldiers were then helping Americans in the Revolutionary War. Early residents eventually moved out by the 1780s due to Indian raids.

The city's growth in the 1800s was influenced by the fact that river boats had to unload and move downriver before reaching the falls. By 1828, the population reached 7,000, and the city was incorporated. It became a shipping port, and it was known as a point of escape for slaves moving north. It was also a stronghold for Union troops during the Civil War.

During World War II, Louisville became a center for factory war production, which later transitioned into manufacturing tractors and agricultural equipment. Like many other older cities in the country, the population began to shift in the 1960s as more people fled to the suburbs.

Louisville Population Growth

About 30% of the population growth in all of Kentucky is in Louisville's CSA counties. The consolidation of Louisville and Jefferson County also caused Louisville to grow 189% from 2000 to 2010. The region has been increasing slowly thanks to steady job growth, a low cost of living and affordable home prices. Louisville's growth can also be attributed to Kentucky residents moving from rural areas to the city, as the state as a whole grew just 6% from 2000 to 2010.

Louisville, Kentucky's estimated population is 620,118 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Louisville, Kentucky is the 1st largest city in Kentucky based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 10093.90 people/mi² (3897.26 people/km²).

The overall median age is 37.2 years, 35.8 years for males, and 38.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.6 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 274,295 households in the city, with an average size of 2.44 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.9%, with a median rent of $779/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $146,900.

The median income for households in Louisville, Kentucky is $49,439, while the mean household income is $69,805.

Louisville Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Louisville was:

  • White: 70.53%
  • Black or African American: 23.15%
  • Two or more races: 2.91%
  • Asian: 2.55%
  • Other race: 0.69%
  • Native American: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%

How Many People Live in Louisville, Kentucky?

620,118
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018620,1182700.04%
2017619,8482,3860.39%
2016617,4622,2150.36%
2015615,2472,7380.45%
2014612,5092,1700.36%
2013610,3396,2291.03%
2012604,1104,4730.75%
2011599,6373,4820.58%
2010596,155339,9248.81%
2000256,231-12,832-0.49%
1990269,063-29,631-1.04%
1980298,694-63,012-1.90%
1970361,706-28,933-0.77%
1960390,63921,5100.57%
1950369,12950,0521.47%
1940319,07711,3320.36%
1930307,74572,8542.74%
1920234,89110,9630.48%
1910223,92819,1970.90%
1900204,73143,6022.42%
1890161,12937,3712.67%
1880123,75823,0052.08%
1870100,75332,7204.00%
186068,03324,8394.65%
185043,19421,9847.37%
184021,21010,8697.45%
183010,3416,3299.93%
18204,0122,61211.10%
18101,4001,00013.35%
18004002007.18%
17902000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20181,297,3014,4920.35%
20171,292,8097,6280.59%
20161,285,1816,2040.48%
20151,278,9776,8940.54%
20141,272,0837,0120.55%
20131,265,07112,0060.95%
20121,253,0658,4200.67%
20111,244,6457,0100.56%
20101,237,6350.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White434,067
Black or African American142,498
Two or More Races17,888
Asian15,669
Some Other Race4,275
American Indian and Alaska Native745
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander336

Louisville Population Pyramid 2019

Louisville Median Age

37.2


Total

35.8


Male

38.8


Female

Louisville Adults

There are 475,032 adults, (86,904 of whom are seniors) in Louisville.

Louisville Age Dependency

58.6

Age Dependency Ratio

22.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Louisville Sex Ratio

Female

317,927

51.66%

Male

297,551

48.34%

Louisville Households and Families

Louisville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Louisville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.8%18.2%
All59.7%40.3%
Male55.1%44.9%
Non Family45.8%54.2%
Female41.8%58.2%

59.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All246,2712.4459.7
Non Family99,8131.2645.8
Married96,1783.1981.8
Female37,4143.3541.8
Male12,8663.3355.1

3.15

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Louisville Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,3183.67%
9th to 12th Grade32,5817.81%
High School Graduate120,59328.89%
Some College96,15023.03%
Associates Degree32,8657.87%
Bachelors Degree70,33416.85%
Graduate Degree49,58111.88%

Louisville Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White297,759268,05195,274
Black86,95674,94914,138
Hispanic17,14513,1814,129
Asian9,6647,8744,567
Multiple Races6,1545,6892,020
Other Race2,2941,873583
Native American592548118
Islander20015526

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 92.57%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.26%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,790$40,983$31,278
Less Than High School$20,529$24,637$16,653
High School Grad$28,080$31,987$23,632
Some College$33,141$39,192$29,261
Bachelors Degree$47,435$57,056$41,615
Graduate Degree$60,546$73,808$52,718

$35,790

Average Earnings

$40,983

Average Male

$31,278

Average Female

Louisville Language

Louisville Language by Age

Louisville Language

91.04% of Louisville residents speak only English, while 8.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.94% of the population.

Louisville Poverty

Louisville Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White399,96245,45111.36%
Black139,29640,54429.11%
Hispanic30,9297,92225.61%
Multiple17,3314,55626.29%
Asian15,5402,80118.02%
Other3,91465016.61%
Native73819726.69%

16.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.04%

Male Poverty Rate

18.22%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Louisville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Louisville is Black, with 29.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Louisville is White, with 11.36% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.38%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.16%
High School15.18%
Some College12.71%
Bachelors or Greater4.76%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.01%
Male Unemployed35.75%
Female Employed9.69%
Male Employed6.33%

Louisville Income

Louisville Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$49,439$69,805
Families$64,476$86,144
Married Families$84,775$106,247
Non Families$30,869$43,229

Louisville Marital Status

Louisville Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.8%

Male Marriage Rate

40.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Louisville Married by Age and Sex

Louisville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Louisville Marital Status by Race

Louisville Veterans

38,617

Number of Veterans

35,369

Male Veterans

3,248

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam13,290
First Gulf War7,129
Second Gulf War5,903
Korea3,369
World War II2,056
Age Group Veterans
35 to 549,909
65 to 748,880
75+8,401
55 to 647,974
18 to 343,453

Louisville Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White28,7978.25%
Black8,7698.59%
Hispanic9414.61%
2 or More5887.27%
Asian1461.26%
Other1384.79%
Indian13822.15%
Hawaiian4116.87%

Louisville Veterans by Education

9.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Louisville Employment Status

65.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.7%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Louisville Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

69.63%

Born in Kentucky

92.86%

Native Born

7.14%

Foreign Born

4.13%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.86% of Louisville residents were born in the United States, with 69.63% having been born in Kentucky. 4.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.