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Louisville metropolitan area

In this article we are going to explore the fascinating world of Louisville metropolitan area. From its origins to its impact on today's society, Louisville metropolitan area has played a fundamental role in various aspects of daily life. Throughout history, Louisville metropolitan area has been a source of debate and controversy, giving rise to endless opinions and theories. In this sense, it is essential to critically and objectively analyze the influence of Louisville metropolitan area on our culture, politics, economy and daily life. Likewise, it is crucial to examine how Louisville metropolitan area has evolved over time and what the implications are of its presence today. Through this exploration, we hope to shed light on the meaning and impact of Louisville metropolitan area in the contemporary world.

Louisville Metropolitan Area
Map
Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown, KY–IN CSA
Country United States
States Kentucky
Indiana
Principal cityLouisville
Area
 • Urban
477.2 sq mi (1,236 km2)
 • MSA4,135.4 sq mi (10,711 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Urban
974,397 (US: 48th)
 • Urban density2,147.9/sq mi (829.3/km2)
 • MSA
1,362,180 (US: 43rd)
 • CSA
1,512,133 (US: 38th)
GDP
 • MSA$90.836 billion (2022)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)

The Louisville metropolitan area is the 43rd largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States. It had a population of 1,395,855 in 2020 according to the latest official census, and its principal city is Louisville, Kentucky.

The metropolitan area was originally formed by the United States Census Bureau in 1950 and consisted of the Kentucky county of Jefferson and the Indiana counties of Clark and Floyd. As surrounding counties saw an increase in their population densities and the number of their residents employed within Jefferson County, they met Census criteria to be added to the MSA. Jefferson County, Kentucky, plus eleven outlying counties – seven in Kentucky and four in Southern Indiana – are now a part of this MSA. Two other counties, one each in Kentucky and Indiana, were part of the MSA in the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Censuses, but were spun off by the Census Bureau into their own Micropolitan Statistical Areas (μSA) in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

The formal name given to the area by the Census Bureau is the Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky–Indiana, metropolitan statistical area, though it is regularly referred to as Kentuckiana. It is now the primary MSA of the Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Bureau of the Census in 2000 and recently redefined in 2018. The combined statistical area (CSA) adds the counties of Hardin County, Kentucky and LaRue County, Kentucky. In 2020, the Census Bureau measured the combined statistical area's population at 1,601,309.

Before the 2023 definitions were released, the CSA had two additional micropolitan statistical areas, Bardstown, KY μSA and Scottsburg, IN μSA. In 2023, the Bardstown μSA was dissolved with Nelson County being added to the Louisville MSA and Scottsburg, IN μSA was dissolved, no longer considered a statistical area by the OMB. In addition, Meade County, which was part of the Elizabethtown MSA, was detached and added to the Louisville MSA. Trimble County, on the northeastern edge of the Louisville MSA, was detached in 2023.

Definitions

As of 2023, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget defines the Louisville–Jefferson County MSA as including Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, and Shelby Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, Harrison, and Washington Counties in Indiana. The larger Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown CSA adds the Elizabethtown, Kentucky, MSA, consisting of Hardin and LaRue Counties.

Counties

Louisville–Jefferson County MSA

Elizabethtown–Fort Knox, Kentucky MSA

Municipalities

Principal city

In 2003, the Jefferson County government merged with that of its largest city and county seat, Louisville, forming a new entity, the Louisville–Jefferson County Metro Government (official long form) or Louisville Metro (official short form). All small cities within Jefferson County became part of the new Louisville Metro government while retaining their city governments. For statistical and ranking purposes, the United States Census Bureau uses the statistical entity Louisville–Jefferson County metro government (balance), Kentucky, to represent the portion of the consolidated city-county of Louisville–Jefferson County that does not include any of the 83 separate incorporated places (municipalities) located within the city and county.

Louisville Metro (771,158)
Louisville–Jefferson County (balance) (621,349)

Municipalities with more than 25,000 people

Municipalities with 10,000 to 25,000 people

Municipalities with less than 10,000 people

  • Anchorage*
  • Audubon Park*
  • Bancroft*
  • Barbourmeade*
  • Beechwood Village*
  • Bellemeade*
  • Bellewood*
  • Blue Ridge Manor*
  • Borden
  • Brandenburg
  • Briarwood*
  • Broeck Pointe*
  • Brownsboro Farm*
  • Brownsboro Village*
  • Cambridge*
  • Campbellsburg
  • Charlestown
  • Clarksville
  • Coldstream*
  • Corydon
  • Crandall
  • Creekside*
  • Crestwood
  • Crossgate*
  • Douglass Hills*
  • Druid Hills*
  • Ekron
  • Elizabeth
  • Eminence
  • Fincastle*
  • Forest Hills*
  • Fox Chase
  • Fredericksburg
  • Georgetown
  • Glenview Hills*
  • Glenview Manor*
  • Glenview*
  • Goose Creek*
  • Goshen
  • Graymoor-Devondale*
  • Green Spring*
  • Greenville
  • Hardinsburg
  • Hebron Estates
  • Heritage Creek*
  • Hickory Hill*
  • Hills and Dales*
  • Hillview
  • Hollow Creek*
  • Hollyvilla*
  • Houston Acres*
  • Hunters Hollow
  • Hurstbourne Acres*
  • Hurstbourne*
  • Indian Hills*
  • Kingsley*
  • La Grange
  • Laconia
  • Lanesville
  • Langdon Place*
  • Lebanon Junction
  • Lincolnshire*
  • Little York
  • Livonia
  • Lynnview*
  • Manor Creek*
  • Maryhill Estates*
  • Mauckport
  • Meadow Vale*
  • Meadowbrook Farm*
  • Meadowview Estates*
  • Middletown*
  • Milltown
  • Mockingbird Valley*
  • Moorland*
  • Muldraugh
  • Murray Hill*
  • New Amsterdam
  • New Castle
  • New Middletown
  • New Pekin
  • Norbourne Estates*
  • Northfield*
  • Norwood*
  • Old Brownsboro Place*
  • Orchard Grass Hills
  • Palmyra
  • Parkway Village*
  • Pewee Valley
  • Pioneer Village
  • Plantation*
  • Pleasureville
  • Poplar Hills*
  • Prospect*‡
  • Richlawn*
  • River Bluff
  • Riverwood*
  • Rolling Fields*
  • Rolling Hills*
  • Saltillo
  • Sellersburg
  • Seneca Gardens*
  • Simpsonville
  • Smithfield
  • South Park View*
  • Spring Mill*
  • Spring Valley*
  • St. Regis Park*
  • Strathmoor Manor*
  • Strathmoor Village*
  • Sycamore*
  • Taylorsville
  • Ten Broeck*
  • Thornhill*
  • Utica
  • Vine Grove
  • Watterson Park*
  • Wellington*
  • West Buechel*
  • West Point
  • Westwood*
  • Wildwood*
  • Windy Hills*
  • Woodland Hills*
  • Woodlawn Park*
  • Worthington Hills*

*Part of Louisville Metro
‡Prospect lies in both Jefferson and Oldham Counties. The portion within Jefferson County is part of Louisville Metro.

Historical statistics

Metropolitan statistical area

Geographic area 2020 Census 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census 1980 Census 1970 Census 1960 Census 1950 Census
Louisville–Jefferson County, Kentucky–Indiana, MSA[m 1] 1,395,855 1,307,647 1,161,975 962,851 906,152 826,553 725,139 576,900
Clark County, Indiana 121,093 110,232 96,472 87,777 88,838 75,876 62,795 48,330
Floyd County, Indiana 80,484 74,478 70,823 64,404 61,169 55,622 51,397 43,955
Harrison County, Indiana 39,654 39,364 34,325 29,890 27,276[m 2] 20,423[m 2] 19,207[m 2] 17,858[m 2]
Scott County, Indiana 24,384[m 2] 24,181[m 2] 22,960 20,991[m 2] 20,422[m 2] 17,144[m 2] 14,463[m 2] 11,519[m 2]
Washington County, Indiana 28,182 28,262 27,223 23,717[m 2] 21,932[m 2] 19,278[m 2] 17,819[m 2] 16,520[m 2]
Bullitt County, Kentucky 82,217 74,319 61,236 47,567 43,346 26,090[m 2] 15,726[m 2] 11,349[m 2]
Henry County, Kentucky 15,678 15,416 15,060 12,823[m 2] 12,740[m 2] 10,910[m 2] 10,987[m 2] 11,394[m 2]
Jefferson County, Kentucky 782,969 741,096 693,604 664,937 685,004 695,055 610,947 484,615
Meade County, Kentucky 30,003 28,602 26,349 24,170[m 2] 22,854[m 2] 17,796[m 2] 18,898[m 2] 9,422[m 2]
Nelson County, Kentucky[m 3] 46,738[m 2] 43,437 37,477 29,710[m 2] 27,584[m 2] 23,477[m 2] 22,168[m 2] 19,521[m 2]
Oldham County, Kentucky 67,607 60,316 46,178 43,455 27,795 14,687[m 2] 13,388[m 2] 11,018[m 2]
Shelby County, Kentucky 49,024 42,074 33,337 24,824 23,328[m 2] 18,999[m 2] 18,493[m 2] 17,912[m 2]
Spencer County, Kentucky 19,351 17,061 11,766 6,801[m 2] 5,929[m 2] 5,488[m 2] 5,680[m 2] 6,157[m 2]
Trimble County, Kentucky 8,471 8,809 8,125 6,090[m 2] 6,253[m 2] 5,349[m 2] 5,102[m 2] 5,148[m 2]

Notes

  • Populations are based upon published estimates by the United States Bureau of the Census.
  1. ^ Named Louisville, KY-IN Standard Metropolitan Area (SMA) in 1950, Louisville, KY-IN Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) from 1960 to 1981, and Louisville, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) from 1983 to 2003.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az County was not a part of Louisville, KY-IN MSA at the time of this Census and the county's population is not included in MSA total.
  3. ^ County is no longer included in the MSA as of 2016.

Combined statistical area

Geographic Area 2020 Census 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown–Madison, Kentucky–Indiana CSA[c 1] 1,601,309 1,451,564 1,292,482 1,177,883[c 2]
Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky–Indiana, MSA 1,395,855 1,307,647 1,161,975 952,662
Clark County, Indiana 121,093 110,232 96,472 87,777
Floyd County, Indiana 80,484 74,478 70,823 64,404
Harrison County, Indiana 39,654 39,364 34,325 29,890
Washington County, Indiana 28,182 28,262 27,223 23,717[c 3]
Bullitt County, Kentucky 82,217 74,319 61,236 47,567
Henry County, Kentucky 15,678 15,416 15,060 12,823[c 3]
Jefferson County, Kentucky 782,969 741,096 693,604 664,937
Meade County, Kentucky 30,003 28,602 26,349 24,170[c 3]
Oldham County, Kentucky 67,607 60,316 46,178 33,263
Shelby County, Kentucky 48,065 42,074 33,337 24,824
Spencer County, Kentucky 19,490 17,061 11,766 6,801[c 3]
Trimble County, Kentucky 8,474 8,809 8,125 6,090[c 3]
Elizabethtown–Fort Knox, KY MSA[c 4] 125,569 119,736 107,547 100,919[c 2]
Hardin County, Kentucky 110,702 105,543 94,174 89,240
LaRue County, Kentucky 14,867 14,193 13,373 11,679
Bardstown, KY μSA 46,738 43,437 37,477 29,710[c 3]
Nelson County, Kentucky 46,738 43,437[c 5] 37,477[c 5] 29,710[c 3]
Madison, IN μSA 33,147 32,458 32,428[c 2] 32,000[c 2]
Jefferson County, Indiana 33,147 32,458 32,428 32,000

Notes

  • Populations are based upon published estimates by the United States Bureau of the Census.
  1. ^ Named Louisville–Elizabethtown–Scottsburg, KY-IN CSA from 2000 to 2003, and Louisville/Jefferson County–Elizabethtown–Scottsburg, KY-IN CSA from 2003 to 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Census defined area did not exist during this Census. Population totals are for counties included in 2000 Census MSA or CSA estimates. Population is shown for comparison purposes only and should not be used as a reference.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g County was not a part of Louisville, KY-IN MSA at the time of this Census and the county's population is not included in MSA total.
  4. ^ Named Elizabethtown, KY MSA from 2000 to 2013.
  5. ^ a b This county was part of the Louisville MSA in the 2000 and 2010 Censuses, but has since been spun off into its own statistical area. Its population is included in the MSA total for those censuses only.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b The United States MSA table excludes the San Juan, Puerto Rico MSA which has a higher population than Louisville.

References

  1. ^ "Urban and Rural: List of 2020 Census Urban Areas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 30, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. May 18, 2023. Archived from the original on June 29, 2022. Retrieved September 30, 2023.
  3. ^ "Total Gross Domestic Product for Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (MSA)". Federal Reserve Economic Data. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  4. ^ a b c "OMB Bulletin No. 23-01" (PDF). www.whitehouse.gov. July 21, 2023. pp. 59, 138. Retrieved April 1, 2024.

Further reading

  • WPA, Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State (1939); classic guide from the Federal Writers Project; covers main themes and describes every town and feature, with capsule histories online

External links

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