2010: 597,337, #27 in U.S., #1 in Kentucky

1950: 369,129, #30 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,283,566, #42 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 576,900, #25 in U.S.

The city of Louisville and Jefferson County were consolidated in 2003, increasing the city’s population from about 250,000 to about 550,000.


Louisville was established in 1779 on the Ohio River. Waterfront Park opened in 1998 on a former industrial site. The city also has a seven-mile Riverwalk along the river.


Tallest building: 400 W. Market (1993), 549 feet

List of tallest buildings


Louisville has no downtown department stores. Fourth Street Live is an entertainment and retail area that opened in 2004.


Amtrak has no service to Louisville. The old Union Station (1891) now contains the offices of the Transit Authority of River City.


The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Kentucky Science Center, and Frazier History Museum are located downtown.

Louisville and Ohio River
(Photo by Chris Watson)


Downtown Louisville has no first-run movie theaters. The Palace Theatre (1929) is a restored movie palace that now has concerts. The Brown Theater (1925) has plays, concerts, and the Kentucky Opera.

Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (1983) hosts the Louisville Orchestra and touring musicals from Broadway in Louisville. The Actors Theatre of Louisville is also downtown.


The Louisville Bats, Triple-A International League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play at Louisville Slugger Field (2000). The KFC Yum! Center (2010) has sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Louisville


Louisville Downtown Partnership

Art Deco Buildings