Louisville, Kentucky

county seat of Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
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Louisville is the largest city in the state of Kentucky in the USA. The settlement that became the City of Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark. It is named after King Louis XVI of France. It was an important riverport in the 19th century. Many people come to the city in May for the Kentucky Derby horse race.

Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville/Jefferson County
Metro Government
From top: Louisville downtown skyline at night, Cathedral of the Assumption, Thunder Over Louisville fireworks during the Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Fourth Street Live!, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Derby City, River City,[1] (The) Gateway to the South,[2] Falls City, The 'Ville[3]
highlighted portion of Jefferson County represents the “balance” population of Louisville. Also seen is the location of Louisville in the state of Kentucky.
highlighted portion of Jefferson County represents the “balance” population of Louisville. Also seen is the location of Louisville in the state of Kentucky.
Louisville is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°13.52′N 85°44.5′W / 38.22533°N 85.7417°W / 38.22533; -85.7417Coordinates: 38°13.52′N 85°44.5′W / 38.22533°N 85.7417°W / 38.22533; -85.7417
CountryUnited States United States
StateKentucky Kentucky
Founded byGeorge Rogers Clark
Named forLouis XVI
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorGreg Fischer (D)
 • Metro Council26 council members
 • Consolidated city-county397.68 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Land380.46 sq mi (985.4 km2)
 • Water17.23 sq mi (44.6 km2)
466 ft (142 m)
 • Consolidated city-county767,355 (consolidated)
616,261 (balance)
 • RankUS: 29th[d]
KY: 1st
 • Density1,924/sq mi (743.0/km2)
 • Urban
972,546[b] (US: 43rd)
 • Metro
1,269,702 (US: 43rd[a])
 • CSA
1,498,593[5] (US: 35th[c])
 • GMP
$67.3 billion (US: 48th)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code prefixes
major: 402xx
minor: 400xx, 401xx
Area code502
FIPS code21-48006
GNIS feature ID0509453[6]
USDA hardiness zones6b, 7a
InterstatesI-64.svg I-65.svg I-71.svg I-264.svg I-265.svg
AirportsLouisville International Airport, Bowman Field
WaterwaysOhio River, Beargrass Creek, Floyds Fork, Harrods Creek
Public transitTARC

Here are some pictures of buildings in Louisville:


  1. "Transit Authority of River City (TARC)". ridetarc.org. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  2. * "The Gateway to the South: A Beginner's Guide to Louisville". The Virgin Atlantic Blog. January 2014. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. 4.0 4.1 Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Louisville, Kentucky". Accessed September 19, 2013.
  4. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014 – United States – Combined Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico". 2014 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2015. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  5. "GNIS Detail – Louisville". Retrieved June 23, 2014.


  1. The United States MSA table excludes the San Juan, Puerto Rico MSA which has a higher population than Louisville.
  2. Based on 2010 data.
  3. 2015 ranking.
  4. Louisville's "balance" population is considered in determining rank among cities in the U.S.