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Louisville, Kentucky

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Consolidated city-county
Louisville-Jefferson County
Metro Government
From top: The Louisville downtown skyline at night, The Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville fireworks at Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Fourth Street Live! in Downtown, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Nickname(s): Derby City, River City, Gateway to the South, Falls City, The 'Ville[1]
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky is located in USA
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°15′N 85°46′W / 38.25°N 85.767°W / 38.25; -85.767Coordinates: 38°15′N 85°46′W / 38.25°N 85.767°W / 38.25; -85.767
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Jefferson
Incorporation 1780
Named for King Louis XVI of France
 • Mayor Greg Fischer (D)
 • Consolidated city-county [[1 EExpression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","._m²|399 sq mi]] (1,032 km2)
 • Land 385.09 sq mi (997.38 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (35 km2)
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Consolidated city-county 741,096 (consolidated)
597,337 (balance)
 • Density 1,866/sq mi (720.6/km2)
 • Metro 1,307,647
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-48000
GNIS feature ID 0509453
Demonym Louisvillian

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.

Here are some pictures of buildings in Louisville:


  1. The term "The 'Ville" has been used in print in The Courier-Journal 60+ times since 1999 and appears to have been popularized by a 2003 billboard campaign promoting Louisville as "The best college sports town in America." See Forde, Pat (2003-09-10). "UofL's bogus billboards don't impress experts". The Courier-Journal.
  2. "Jefferson County, Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer". Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. See Nomenclature, population and ranking for explanation of consolidated vs. balance figures