Louisville, Kentucky Population 2022

615,067
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Louisville is a city located in Jefferson County Kentucky. Louisville has a 2020 population of 615,067. Louisville is currently declining at a rate of -0.14% annually but its population has increased by 3.12% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 596,482 in 2010.

The average household income in Louisville is $74,580 with a poverty rate of 15.23%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $878 per month, and the median house value is $165,400. The median age in Louisville is 37.6 years, 36 years for males, and 39.2 years for females.

Since 2003, the borders of Louisville are the same as Jefferson County, making Louisville a consolidated city-county.

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 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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Louisvillewas:

  • White: 68.35%
  • Black or African American: 24.02%
  • Two or more races: 3.48%
  • Asian: 2.67%
  • Other race: 1.29%
  • Native American: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Louisville, Kentucky is 615,067 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 615,067.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 596,482.

Louisville, Kentucky Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20101,204,6600.00%
20111,211,8707,2100.59%
20121,220,1808,3100.68%
20131,232,18012,0000.97%
20141,239,3507,1700.58%
20151,246,2306,8800.55%
20161,252,5206,2900.50%
20171,259,5507,0300.56%
20181,262,0202,4700.20%
20191,265,1103,0900.24%
20201,268,1903,0800.24%
20211,271,2803,0900.24%

Louisville Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White422,88768.35%
Black or African American148,60624.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native7550.12%
Asian16,5232.67%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4390.07%
Some Other Race8,0011.29%
Two or More Races21,5223.48%
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Louisville Population by Race

Louisville Population Pyramid 2022

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Louisville Median Age

37.7


Total

36.1


Male

39.2


Female

Louisville Adults

There are 480,785 adults, (94,018 of whom are seniors) in Louisville.

Louisville Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

24.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Louisville Sex Ratio

Female

319,275

51.60%

Male

299,458

48.40%

Louisville Population by Age

Louisville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Louisville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.2%18.8%
All60.1%39.9%
Male54.9%45.1%
Non Family47.6%52.4%
Female41%59%

60.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Louisville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All251,7412.460.1
Married97,5333.1581.2
Male12,9363.1954.9
Female37,3793.3441
Non Family103,8931.2547.6

3.11

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

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Louisville Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,3883.16%
9th to 12th Grade30,3187.15%
High School Graduate118,63527.97%
Some College97,39322.96%
Associates Degree35,3848.34%
Bachelors Degree78,40618.48%
Graduate Degree50,70011.95%
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Louisville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Louisville Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian10,5078,2945,233
White294,324270,473100,651
2+ Races9,8358,2162,867
Hispanic21,04916,4045,442
Other Race3,3742,237679
Native American544455102
Black91,90179,65415,941
Islander26422324

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 91.90%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.80%.

Louisville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,882$44,194$33,896
Less Than 9th Grade$22,334$29,008$16,931
High School Graduate$31,349$35,616$25,827
Some College$35,995$42,528$31,185
Bachelors Degree$51,221$59,939$44,887
Graduate Degree$63,435$72,445$56,740

$38,882

Average Earnings

$44,194

Average Male

$33,896

Average Female

Louisville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Louisville Language by Age

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Louisville Language

89.89% of Louisville residents speak only English, while 10.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.67% of the population.

Louisville Language

Louisville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander43915234.62%
Native71523633.01%
Black145,45439,66227.27%
Asian16,3622,83917.35%
White388,85940,51510.42%
Other858NaN%
Multiple20,9713,52616.81%
Hispanic37,0386,15716.62%

15.23%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.91%

Male Poverty Rate

16.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Louisville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Louisville is Islander, with 34.62% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Louisville is Hispanic, with 16.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.68%.

Louisville Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.46%
High School14.85%
Some College11.06%
Bachelors or Greater4.42%

Louisville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.13%
Male Unemployed28.95%
Female Employed8.33%
Female Unemployed37.60%

Louisville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Louisville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$54,929$76,735
Families$71,174$93,826
Married Families$92,610$116,151
Non Families$36,013$49,466
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Income by Household Type

Louisville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.0%

Male Marriage Rate

40.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Louisville Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Louisville Marital Status by Race

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Louisville Marital Status

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35,164

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War5,754
First Gulf War7,985
Vietnam11,657
Korea2,406
World War II1,283

Louisville Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 342,126
35 to 548,758
55 to 647,887
65 to 748,677
75+7,716

Louisville Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White25,8037.50%
Black8,2787.78%
Native American7713.05%
Asian1571.31%
Islander3512.54%
Other Race491.09%
2+ Races7656.12%
Hispanic6632.69%

Louisville Veterans by Race

Louisville Veterans by Education

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7.46%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

Louisville Veterans by Education

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65.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.9%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Louisville Employment by Age

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Louisville Employment by Race

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Louisville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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68.04%

Born in Louisville

91.95%

Native Born

8.05%

Foreign Born

4.42%

Non Citizen

3.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.95% of Louisville residents were born in the United States, with 68.04% having been born in Kentucky. 4.42% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Louisville Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
17902000.00%
18004002007.18%
18101,4001,00013.35%
18204,0122,61211.10%
183010,3416,3299.93%
184021,21010,8697.45%
185043,19421,9847.37%
186068,03324,8394.65%
1870100,75332,7204.00%
1880123,75823,0052.08%
1890161,12937,3712.67%
1900204,73143,6022.42%
1910223,92819,1970.90%
1920234,89110,9630.48%
1930307,74572,8542.74%
1940319,07711,3320.36%
1950369,12950,0521.47%
1960390,63921,5100.57%
1970361,706-28,933-0.77%
1980298,694-63,012-1.90%
1990269,063-29,631-1.04%
2000256,231-12,832-0.49%
2010596,482340,2518.82%
2011599,9203,4380.58%
2012604,2464,3260.72%
2013610,4716,2251.03%
2014612,6342,1630.35%
2015615,3722,7380.45%
2016617,5832,2110.36%
2017619,7282,1450.35%
2018618,495-1,233-0.20%
2019617,638-857-0.14%
2020616,781-857-0.14%
2021615,924-857-0.14%
2022615,067-857-0.14%

Louisville Population by Year