Louisville is a city located in Jefferson County Kentucky. Louisville has a 2023 population of 621,764. It is also the county seat of Jefferson County.Louisville is currently declining at a rate of -0.54% annually and its population has decreased by -1.63% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 632,037 in 2020.
The average household income in Louisville is $81,393 with a poverty rate of 15.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Louisville is 37.6 years, 36.3 years for males, and 39 years for females.
Since 2003, the borders of Louisville are the same as Jefferson County, making Louisville a consolidated city-county.
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.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Louisville was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 80.51%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.72%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
89.25% of Louisville residents speak only English, while 10.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.16% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Louisville is Islander, with 59.52% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Louisville is Other, with 12.21% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.32%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.75%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Louisville
91.61% of Louisville residents were born in the United States, with 67.34% having been born in Kentucky. 4.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.