10 Largest Cities in Kentucky

  • Louisville/Jefferson County balance (624,890)
  • Lexington-Fayette (328,690)
  • Bowling Green (71,623)
  • Owensboro (60,323)
  • Covington (40,136)
  • Richmond (37,652)
  • Georgetown (36,081)
  • Florence (33,127)
  • Nicholasville (32,113)
  • Elizabethtown (30,837)
The largest city in Kentucky is Louisville/Jefferson County balance with a population of 624,890. Ekron is the fastest growing city in Kentucky over the past 10 years, having grown since 2010.
Rank Name 2020 Pop 2010 Census Change Density (km²)
1Louisville624,890596,1554.82%916
2Lexington328,690296,84710.73%447
3Bowling Green71,62359,34720.69%701
4Owensboro60,32357,4814.94%1,136
5Covington40,13640,498-0.89%1,174
6Richmond37,65231,69018.81%715
7Georgetown36,08129,20223.56%836
8Florence33,12729,67111.65%1,199
9Nicholasville32,11328,10414.26%857
10Elizabethtown30,83728,4198.51%445
11Hopkinsville29,88632,124-6.97%363
12Independence29,19724,88417.33%642
13Henderson27,99428,949-3.30%670
14Jeffersontown27,91327,8540.21%1,042
15Frankfort27,70527,3271.38%724
16Paducah24,67225,002-1.32%472
17Radcliff23,21822,6032.72%674
18Ashland19,79221,709-8.83%712
19Murray19,60417,8459.86%652
20Erlanger19,02818,1644.76%878
21Winchester18,62918,3551.49%787
22Madisonville18,58119,837-6.33%404
23St. Matthews18,28117,5993.88%1,613
24Burlington17,06915,9267.18%748
25Danville16,85416,2663.61%379
26Shelbyville16,77614,13418.69%740
27Berea16,61713,67221.54%389
28Fort Thomas16,36216,1901.06%1,114
29Shively15,84515,2813.69%1,338
30Mount Washington15,07313,55611.19%626
31Newport14,79615,464-4.32%2,093
32Glasgow14,32614,0252.15%349
33Fort Campbell North13,88213,6851.44%1,057
34Bardstown13,21612,5785.07%419
35Shepherdsville12,70511,37311.71%338
36Lawrenceburg11,85111,0227.52%760
37Somerset11,62611,2283.54%383
38Campbellsville11,58910,8197.12%597
39Lyndon11,55911,0194.90%1,240
40Paris9,8469,8150.32%481
41Alexandria9,8198,48415.74%547
42Mayfield9,80210,058-2.55%517
43Versailles9,4328,8576.49%577
44Francisville9,4017,94418.34%428
45Hillview9,3708,48010.50%556
46Oakbrook9,3019,0362.93%1,121
47La Grange9,2678,09614.46%496
48Middlesborough9,07410,197-11.01%475
49Franklin9,0518,4527.09%239
50Fort Knox8,96510,124-11.45%171
51Elsmere8,8148,3954.99%1,295
52Maysville8,8079,016-2.32%179
53Edgewood8,7358,6101.45%791
54Harrodsburg8,5968,3592.84%480
55Fort Mitchell8,2408,1660.91%1,027
56London8,0557,9880.84%269
57Middletown7,9717,5855.09%599
58Morehead7,7306,87712.40%315
59Villa Hills7,4527,3131.90%799
60Mount Sterling7,4026,9027.24%637
61Russellville7,2436,9703.92%258
62Corbin7,2257,310-1.16%353
63Oak Grove7,1387,516-5.03%257
64Highland Heights7,0437,0200.33%1,038
65Flatwoods6,9587,419-6.21%824
66Leitchfield6,9436,6624.22%249
67Taylor Mill6,8246,6512.60%431
68Vine Grove6,7385,17930.10%380
69Cold Spring6,6445,96411.40%540
70Wilmore6,5595,92110.78%624
71Cynthiana6,4586,4300.44%568
72Hebron6,1605,9293.90%371
73Princeton6,1416,341-3.15%264
74Pikeville6,0967,033-13.32%108
75Union6,0585,37512.71%701
76Monticello5,9586,191-3.76%392
77Lebanon5,8005,5534.45%412
78Douglass Hills5,7625,5034.71%1,678
79Fort Wright5,7275,6800.83%650
80Bellevue5,6825,957-4.62%2,350
81Central City5,6645,982-5.32%418
82Dayton5,6535,3485.70%1,678
83Buckner5,4655,837-6.37%282
84Williamsburg5,2375,1481.73%485
85Crestwood5,2114,54914.55%497
86Prospect4,9714,6985.81%501
87Massac4,8884,5058.50%468
88Hendron4,8214,6872.86%360
89Hazard4,7495,499-13.64%246
90Scottsville4,5624,2397.62%289
91Columbia4,5124,571-1.29%360
92Westwood4,5094,746-4.99%466
93Ludlow4,4784,544-1.45%1,888
94Reidland4,4674,491-0.53%359
95Benton4,4654,532-1.48%383
96Hurstbourne4,4354,2274.92%951
97Farley4,3984,701-6.45%286
98Greenville4,1544,485-7.38%312
99Walton4,0773,65211.64%332
100Crescent Springs4,0743,9433.32%1,053
101Southgate4,0563,7837.22%1,076
102Williamstown3,9563,9290.69%91
103Crittenden3,9293,8182.91%446
104Paintsville3,9174,231-7.42%230
105Grayson3,9044,115-5.13%544
106Lancaster3,8703,8111.55%682
107Carrollton3,8703,933-1.60%734
108Stanford3,7103,743-0.88%348
109Beaver Dam3,5853,5052.28%456
110West Liberty3,5183,2976.70%277
111Prestonsburg3,4413,860-10.85%94
112Crestview Hills3,4183,1329.13%695
113Morganfield3,3233,513-5.41%456
114Hodgenville3,3123,2312.51%605
115Russell3,1733,445-7.90%359
116Barbourville3,0773,173-3.03%448
117Wilder3,0443,0390.16%324
118Indian Hills2,9972,8823.99%589
119Simpsonville2,9902,50119.55%491
120Pioneer Village2,9852,7169.90%940
121Graymoor Devondale2,9752,8753.48%1,558
122Providence2,9743,181-6.51%190
123Park Hills2,9692,989-0.67%1,475
124Brandenburg2,8802,6966.82%272
125Rineyville2,793236
126Marion2,7923,031-7.89%324
127Flemingsburg2,7622,848-3.02%396
128Lakeside Park2,7422,7220.73%1,351
129Hartford2,7382,6722.47%377
130Cadiz2,7232,6064.49%354
131Stanton2,6712,744-2.66%459
132Russell Springs2,6362,4408.03%217
133Eminence2,6202,4915.18%357
134Dawson Springs2,6132,759-5.29%263
135Claryville2,5812,3559.60%144
136Springfield2,5782,808-8.19%242
137Brooks2,5752,4017.25%270
138Eddyville2,5422,557-0.59%142
139Calvert City2,5042,581-2.98%54
140Windy Hills2,4852,3874.11%1,042
141Anchorage2,4482,3494.21%319
142Cave City2,4442,3165.53%214
143Horse Cave2,4422,3294.85%299
144Morgantown2,4352,451-0.65%283
145Mount Vernon2,4142,514-3.98%453
146Hardinsburg2,3672,3361.33%264
147Breckinridge Center2,3632,08013.61%348
148Louisa2,3292,455-5.13%401
149Raceland2,3152,406-3.78%361
150Tompkinsville2,3132,349-1.53%272
151Junction City2,3122,2522.66%448
152Irvine2,2732,478-8.27%631
153Dry Ridge2,2372,2111.18%171
154North Corbin2,2111,77324.70%480
155Fulton2,1802,443-10.77%291
156Hickman2,1602,392-9.70%235
157Greensburg2,1092,159-2.32%392
158Liberty2,1072,171-2.95%433
159Falmouth2,0822,213-5.92%593
160Elkton2,0622,146-3.91%315
161Midway2,0251,64523.10%672
162Albany2,0122,027-0.74%342
163Lebanon Junction2,0031,81810.18%137
164Carlisle1,9692,000-1.55%573
165Hurstbourne Acres1,9131,8145.46%2,135
166Cumberland1,9132,230-14.22%237
167Jackson1,8892,187-13.63%291
168Jenkins1,8812,225-15.46%82
169Doe Valley1,8771,931-2.80%179
170Orchard Grass Hills1,8181,59613.91%1,807
171Whitesburg1,7932,131-15.86%221
172Jeffersonville1,7911,6429.07%252
173Jamestown1,7761,796-1.11%195
174Ledbetter1,7701,6835.17%133
175Sturgis1,7531,898-7.64%432
176Pineville1,7371,934-10.19%204
177Lewisport1,7091,6752.03%693
178Catlettsburg1,7091,864-8.32%496
179Warsaw1,7011,6850.95%690
180Whitley City1,6941,17044.79%284
181Salyersville1,6891,870-9.68%264
182Munfordville1,6891,6114.84%291
183Pewee Valley1,6101,43612.12%322
184Elk Creek1,600107
185Edmonton1,5901,598-0.50%161
186Owenton1,5841,5273.73%322
187Owingsville1,5821,5154.42%243
188Worthington Hills1,5721,4875.72%2,369
189Olive Hill1,5521,633-4.96%315
190Sebree1,5161,598-5.13%199
191St. Regis Park1,5141,4593.77%1,656
192Verona1,5021,4553.23%47
193Audubon Park1,5001,4702.04%1,789
194Harlan1,4891,739-14.38%442
195Worthington1,4861,606-7.47%505
196Burkesville1,4421,539-6.30%216
197Coal Run Village1,4241,699-16.19%63
198Auburn1,4131,3494.74%293
199Vanceburg1,3711,459-6.03%441
200Guthrie1,3681,414-3.25%270
201Beechwood Village1,3661,3243.17%1,896
202Pine Knot1,3501,621-16.72%81
203Flat Lick1,31696037.08%106
204Earlington1,3151,410-6.74%180
205Taylorsville1,2971,1899.08%551
206West Buechel1,2891,2324.63%778
207Manchester1,2891,443-10.67%177
208Barbourmeade1,2621,2163.78%1,235
209Livermore1,2491,361-8.23%467
210Masonville1,2311,01421.40%46
211Clinton1,2211,377-11.33%292
212Silver Grove1,2071,1069.13%412
213Beattyville1,2041,303-7.60%203
214Irvington1,2001,1752.13%528
215Hebron Estates1,1971,08010.83%783
216Coldstream1,1781,1165.56%2,057
217Camargo1,1761,0808.89%208
218Cloverport1,1691,1511.56%309
219Brodhead1,1671,212-3.71%258
220Heritage Creek1,1561,0787.24%988
221Nortonville1,1441,202-4.83%381
222Clay City1,1231,129-0.53%409
223Augusta1,1131,194-6.78%361
224Annville1,1101,0951.37%54
225Greenup1,0941,189-7.99%523
226Clay1,0851,177-7.82%486
227Bloomfield1,0601,0203.92%284
228Northfield1,0581,0213.62%867
229Ryland Heights1,0541,0233.03%78
230Stearns1,0521,416-25.71%101
231South Shore1,0431,125-7.29%613
232Watterson Park1,0419776.55%279
233Goshen1,03290913.53%2,021
234Plano1,0151,117-9.13%380
235Rolling Hills1,0029584.59%2,043
236Wurtland9999930.60%218
237Hawesville9989821.63%238
238Langdon Place9929395.64%2,245
239Burgin9899612.91%304
240Muldraugh9859483.90%728
241Woodlawn Park9769453.28%1,556
242La Center9701,010-3.96%619
243New Castle9569095.17%901
244Ferguson9489341.50%174
245Lynnview9419152.84%1,955
246Uniontown9201,001-8.09%418
247Ironville918456
248Burnside9118902.36%93
249Pembroke9028713.56%315
250White Plains893921-3.04%106
251Mcroberts89378413.90%62
252Bellemeade8938663.12%1,176
253Adairville8938920.11%293
254New Haven8928564.21%596
255Auxier89266933.33%373
256Clarkson8918751.83%323
257Pleasureville8828276.65%704
258West Point881932-5.47%128
259Dixon877918-4.47%271
260East Bernstadt87671622.35%160
261Plantation8648333.72%1,652
262Elkhorn City8591,005-14.53%43
263Brownsville8558372.15%126
264Fincastle8548154.79%1,548
265Crab Orchard8408400.00%186
266Stamping Ground82966325.04%545
267Lewisburg8238101.60%273
268Mortons Gap818861-4.99%267
269Hollow Creek8147804.36%1,358
270Bellefonte814888-8.33%357
271Smiths Grove81171613.27%402
272Evarts804883-8.95%812
273Campbellsburg8027644.97%234
274Millersburg7987881.27%752
275Bromley791803-1.49%814
276Blue Ridge Manor7877465.50%1,638
277Mckee785807-2.73%126
278Meadow Vale7637373.53%1,510
279Beechmont7556899.58%160
280Perryville7537431.35%372
281Phelps750893-16.01%36
282Green Spring7507184.46%1,086
283Powderly7437430.00%184
284Woodland Hills7427203.06%1,359
285Salem733751-2.40%332
286Betsy Layne7276885.67%155
287Cannonsburg719856-16.00%159
288Calhoun718761-5.65%424
289Seneca Gardens7157012.00%1,803
290Loretto7137011.71%86
291Hanson709738-3.93%116
292Un7016960.72%199
293Science Hill6996940.72%352
294Corydon697716-2.65%496
295Spring Valley6946595.31%1,356
296Bardwell686721-4.85%306
297Crofton683770-11.30%416
298Kuttawa6816613.03%120
299Brownsboro Farm6816514.61%1,157
300Hindman678774-12.40%84
301Strathmoor Village6686522.45%2,470
302Cecilia66757216.61%180
303Westwood6666374.55%2,126
304Rolling Fields6666472.94%1,107
305Parkway Village6646512.00%2,926
306Pippa Passes66356317.76%574
307North Middletown6626531.38%768
308Wickliffe660689-4.21%223
309Fleming Neon657770-14.68%157
310Barlow642676-5.03%450
311Mcdowell63599
312Lynch635745-14.77%819
313Wingo6346340.00%251
314Sandy Hook620643-3.58%244
315Hardin614615-0.16%339
316Caneyville6126100.33%143
317Murray Hill6105834.63%1,807
318Brooksville607650-6.62%497
319Fancy Farm60145831.22%265
320Loyall598686-12.83%783
321Inez592715-17.20%133
322Magnolia59052412.60%112
323Kevil589621-5.15%400
324Summersville5835682.64%78
325South Wallins583859-32.13%36
326Wellington5795662.30%2,452
327Butler576613-6.04%1,171
328Whitesville5745523.99%517
329Bedford571610-6.39%810
330Hollyvilla5615413.70%635
331Park City5605384.09%147
332Ravenna557606-8.09%688
333Petersburg551620-11.13%34
334Garrison550866-36.49%79
335Symsonia549615-10.73%140
336Milton549582-5.67%143
337Glenview5485293.59%148
338Frenchburg5405331.31%248
339Gilbertsville53945817.69%205
340Martin534624-14.42%282
341South Williamson533602-11.46%104
342Artemus531590-10.00%152
343Sonora5275211.15%150
344Pleasant View52735050.57%258
345Plum Springs52645615.35%382
346Fordsville522523-0.19%450
347Bancroft5214955.25%1,325
348Houston Acres5074913.26%1,359
349Robards503514-2.14%64
350Arjay502313
351Crestview4984715.73%1,214
352Cawood497731-32.01%132
353Drakesboro494515-4.08%346
354Fox Chase49344710.29%499
355Utica487179
356Wheelwright4861,194-59.30%106
357Melbourne4864615.42%225
358Riverwood4754515.32%881
359Forest Hills4654483.79%621
360Ages457317
361River Bluff45239813.57%741
362Moorland4504353.45%1,851
363Briarwood4504333.93%1,824
364Norbourne Estates4484440.90%2,167
365Emlyn4484274.92%242
366Sedalia44429550.51%145
367Meadowview Estates4414195.25%2,719
368Island433457-5.25%497
369Pathfork43237913.98%134
370Camn432436-0.92%167
371Sacramento431458-5.90%387
372Centertown430436-1.38%531
373Poplar Hills4284094.65%6,482
374Rabbit Hash42631535.24%32
375Richlawn4174062.71%1,591
376Benham416504-17.46%686
377Beech Grove41524370.78%87
378Wallins Creek411156163.46%299
379Hardyville407156160.90%249
380Spottsville40632524.92%333
381Hazel405408-0.74%447
382Fredonia401402-0.25%249
383Mchenry3923881.03%234
384Kingsley3913861.30%2,089
385Woodburn38833615.48%350
386Norwood3823712.96%1,254
387Grand Rivers379382-0.79%79
388Buffalo379498-23.90%124
389Kenvir37529726.26%495
390Sadieville37330422.70%133
391Hustonville372375-0.80%195
392Old Brownsboro Place3703544.52%1,081
393Wayland368425-13.41%54
394Hunters Hollow36833011.52%1,976
395Glencoe3663591.95%80
396Mayking365487-25.05%91
397Trenton364383-4.96%248
398Gamaliel364376-3.19%248
399Bandana35520374.88%73
400Eubank3483208.75%159
401Sharpsburg3473247.10%680
402Strathmoor Manor3463372.67%2,351
403Manitou34118188.40%200
404Payne Gap3403293.34%58
405Mount Olivet340367-7.36%159
406Oneida339410-17.32%64
407Big Clifty33790
408Hyden334369-9.49%100
409Glenview Hills3333194.39%1,020
410Salt Lick3313039.24%164
411Brownsboro Village3313193.76%1,706
412Maceo330413-20.10%86
413Bellewood3273211.87%1,559
414Creekside3243094.85%1,649
415Dexter31927715.16%224
416Diablock318453-29.80%604
417Druid Hills3173082.92%1,376
418Ghent315323-2.48%171
419Chaplin314418-24.88%88
420Belfry313168
421Pryorsburg308311-0.96%95
422Belleview308343-10.20%87
423Arlington307323-4.95%315
424High Bridge30624226.45%54
425Goose Creek3062944.08%1,911
426Bradfordsville3032943.06%434
427Combs299359
428Vicco295336-12.20%136
429Spring Mill2952872.79%2,055
430Maytown294199
431Fairview2942862.80%94
432Cunningham292107
433Waverly291308-5.52%420
434Smithland291301-3.32%222
435Mays Lick29124220.25%176
436Rockholds289390-25.90%94
437Salvisa286420-31.90%60
438Willisburg2852830.71%160
439Cerulean283314-9.87%43
440Freeburn281399-29.57%90
441Broeck Pointe2812723.31%1,519
442Dunmor27841
443Sparta2772683.36%17
444Anthoston273163
445Hickory272118
446Westport2712681.12%130
447Wildwood2702613.45%1,402
448Bonnieville2702555.88%189
449Rockport265266-0.38%147
450Berry2642630.38%400
451St. Charles263274-4.01%102
452Dover247252-1.98%221
453Woodlawn2462316.49%1,616
454Ewing243248-2.02%375
455Sanders2402380.84%315
456Manor Creek2402266.19%1,677
457Crossgate2352244.91%1,770
458Corinth230231-0.43%42
459Burna229257-10.89%66
460Mentor2282099.09%118
461Nebo226236-4.24%352
462Warfield224269-16.73%105
463Mackville2242220.90%214
464Lakeview Heights222229-3.06%610
465Oakland219222-1.35%61
466Water Valley217279-22.22%157
467Fountain Run2172170.00%64
468Livingston213225-5.33%263
469Summer Shade207307-32.57%39
470Allensville20715731.85%70
471Coldiron202223-9.42%406
472Slaughters201215-6.51%338
473Hiseville195240-18.75%103
474Glenview Manor1941921.04%873
475Jeff193323-40.25%98
476Worthville1911891.06%289
477Thornhill1911806.11%1,623
478Poole18674
479Maryhill Estates1861793.91%1,815
480Bremen186195-4.62%347
481Cambridge1841755.14%1,284
482South Carrollton181184-1.63%276
483Crayne1741730.58%60
484Mockingbird Valley1731673.59%323
485Prestonville1701615.59%303
486Allen168193-12.95%363
487Sycamore1651603.13%3,850
488Farmington161245-34.29%41
489Cleaton15999
490Lincolnshire1561485.41%1,264
491Coxton154287
492Rochester1531520.66%127
493Ezel153235-34.89%67
494Elizaville151181-16.57%57
495Lafayette150174-13.79%225
496Wheatcroft149160-6.87%234
497Columbus149168-11.31%181
498Hills And Dales1481424.23%573
499Germantown148154-3.90%467
500Ekron146155-5.81%347

Top 500 Cities in Kentucky by Population

Kentucky has 0 cities with more than a million people, 2 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 37 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Kentucky is Louisville, with a population of 622,504 people.

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.

Map of Cities in Kentucky

  1. US Census Annual Estimates - 2020 Estimates Calculated via Linear Projection of Previous Estimates