Louisville, Kentucky Population 2020

624,890

Louisville is a city located in Kentucky. With a 2020 population of 624,890, it is the largest city in Kentucky and the 29th largest city in the United States. Louisville is currently growing at a rate of 0.38% annually and its population has increased by 4.61% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 597,337 in 2010. Spanning over 275 miles, Louisville has a population density of 2,372 people per square mile.

The average household income in Louisville is $71,647 with a poverty rate of 16.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $812 per month, and the median house value is $152,300. The median age in Louisville is 37.3 years, 35.8 years for males, and 38.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.9 males.

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 Louisville was:

  • White: 69.94%
  • Black or African American: 23.46%
  • Two or more races: 2.73%
  • Asian: 2.69%
  • Other race: 0.94%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Louisville, Kentucky is 624,890, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 620,118.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 597,337.

Louisville, Kentucky Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20201,306,2804,4900.34%
20191,301,7904,4900.34%
20181,297,3004,4900.35%
20171,292,8107,6300.59%
20161,285,1806,2000.48%
20151,278,9806,9000.54%
20141,272,0807,0100.55%
20131,265,07012,0100.95%
20121,253,0608,4200.67%
20111,244,6407,0000.56%
20101,237,6400.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White431,57669.94%
Black or African American144,74423.46%
Two or More Races16,8702.73%
Asian16,6182.69%
Some Other Race5,7790.94%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,1160.18%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3290.05%

Louisville Population Pyramid 2020

Louisville Median Age

37.3


Total

35.8


Male

38.9


Female

Louisville Adults

There are 476,739 adults, (89,410 of whom are seniors) in Louisville.

Louisville Age Dependency

59.3

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Louisville Sex Ratio

Female

318,215

51.57%

Male

298,817

48.43%

Louisville Households and Families

Louisville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Louisville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.9%18.1%
All60%40%
Male53.3%46.7%
Non Family46.5%53.5%
Female41.8%58.2%

60.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All246,3822.4460
Non Family99,4841.2646.5
Married96,5983.1881.9
Female37,2403.4241.8
Male13,0603.2753.3

3.14

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Louisville Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,1143.60%
9th to 12th Grade31,5887.53%
High School Graduate120,46428.72%
Some College96,49223.00%
Associates Degree33,5097.99%
Bachelors Degree72,13617.20%
Graduate Degree50,16111.96%

Louisville Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White296,626268,56296,692
Black88,41376,56714,423
Hispanic18,29114,2474,720
Asian10,3848,2984,743
Multiple Races5,7335,0711,916
Other Race2,7071,940532
Native American808756143
Islander18613937

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 93.56%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.68%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,418$41,534$31,772
Less Than High School$21,086$25,331$17,154
High School Grad$28,751$32,405$23,801
Some College$34,248$40,635$30,205
Bachelors Degree$49,054$58,055$42,484
Graduate Degree$61,435$72,489$54,877

$36,418

Average Earnings

$41,534

Average Male

$31,772

Average Female

Louisville Language

Louisville Language by Age

Louisville Language

90.57% of Louisville residents speak only English, while 9.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.24% of the population.

Louisville Poverty

Louisville Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White396,00343,22510.92%
Black141,36743,09730.49%
Hispanic32,5347,11921.88%
Multiple16,3573,88823.77%
Asian16,4542,89917.62%
Other5,31393617.62%
Native1,10432929.80%

16.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.05%

Male Poverty Rate

18.03%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Louisville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Louisville is Black, with 30.49% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Louisville is White, with 10.92% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.59%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.15%
High School15.22%
Some College12.55%
Bachelors or Greater4.82%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.95%
Male Unemployed32.57%
Female Employed9.16%
Male Employed6.28%

Louisville Income

Louisville Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$51,307$71,647
Families$65,987$88,306
Married Families$86,931$109,784
Non Families$32,642$44,160

Louisville Marital Status

Louisville Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.0%

Male Marriage Rate

40.1%

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 35-44.

Louisville Marital Status by Race

Louisville Veterans

37,724

Number of Veterans

34,547

Male Veterans

3,177

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam12,939
First Gulf War7,349
Second Gulf War5,980
Korea2,963
World War II1,704
Age Group Veterans
35 to 549,565
65 to 749,106
75+8,094
55 to 647,741
18 to 343,218
Name Veterans % of Total
White27,7077.96%
Black9,0578.74%
Hispanic8724.03%
2 or More4896.19%
Asian1841.50%
Indian12714.82%
Other1153.36%
Hawaiian4518.83%

$Louisville Veterans by Education

8.79%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.12%

Veteran Disability Rate

Louisville Employment Status

65.3%

Labor Force Participation

61.1%

Employment Rate

6.4%

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

69.54%

Born in Kentucky

92.59%

Native Born

7.41%

Foreign Born

4.11%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.59% of Louisville residents were born in the United States, with 69.54% having been born in Kentucky. 4.11% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020624,8902,3860.38%
2019622,5042,3860.38%
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%