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Overview

Introduction to Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky is the largest city in the state and the sixteenth largest in the country. The city was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and named after King Louis XVI. It lies on the Ohio River near the border with Indiana. The metro area is widely referred to as "Kentuckiana," and residents of Louisville are known as Louisvillians. The city is best known for the Kentucky Derby, the most popular event in horse racing and known as the "most exciting two minutes in sports."

Louisville Culture

The four most popular attractions Louisville has to offer are the Louisville Slugger Museum, with the world’s largest bat; the Louisville Science Center, which now has a $7.6 million human body exhibit; Glassworks, a space housing works from 50 glass artists; and the Frazier Historical Arms Museum. The downtown area is alive with performing arts venues, such as the Kentucky Center, which hosts local and national theater programming. The East Market Street Neighborhood has become an attraction due to its restaurants and art galleries. There are many charming neighborhoods in the city, including Old Louisville with its 19th-century charm.

Louisville Sports and Leisure

There are many spectator sports to enjoy in Louisville. The 13,000-seat Slugger Field is home to the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Red’s top minor league affiliate. The field is known as one of the best in minor league baseball and the Bats have an impressive record. The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team plays at Freedom Hall. Churchill Downs is the site of the Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse racing event in the country. The Valhalla Golf Club is located in Louisville and hosted the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championships. The city has one of the best skateparks in the country, the Louisville Extreme Park. High school sports enjoy a high degree of popularity in the city, with schools like Trinity, St. Xavier, and Male winning an impressive number of titles.

Louisville Outdoors

Louisville’s outdoor scene starts with the city’s waterfront, which provides relaxing moments amid the busy downtown days. The city has 122 parks that span more than 14,000 acres, including the Louisville Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest urban forest in the U.S. and is designated as a National Audubon Society wildlife refuge. Otter Creek Park offers visitors a scenic view of the Ohio River and the chance to participate in mountain biking on its trails. It is easy to get out of the city and see some of the beautiful countryside that surrounds Louisville, including fence-lined pastures and waving fields of bluegrass.

Louisville at Night

Louisville comes alive at night with all sorts of entertainment opportunities. The city is full of theaters, blues clubs, and dance clubs. Many nationally-recognized concert entertainers visit the city, making the city an exciting place for entertainment. Venues like the Blue Moon Saloon, Millenium, and A1A sandbar and grill create many nighttime options for fun. John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery/Gentry, and many other notable performers call the city home.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Louisville Almanac

Category Value
County Jefferson
Metro Area Louisville
Standard Zip Codes 40202, 40203, 40204, 40205, 40206, 40207, 40208, 40209, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40217, 40218, 40219, 40220, 40222, 40223, 40228, 40229, 40241, 40242, 40243, 40245, 40258, 40272, 40291, 40299
P.O. Box Zip Codes 40201, 40221, 40224, 40231, 40232, 40233, 40250, 40251, 40252, 40253, 40255, 40256, 40257, 40259, 40261, 40268, 40269, 40270, 40285, 40298
Company Zip Codes 40225, 40266, 40280, 40281, 40282, 40283, 40287, 40289, 40290, 40292, 40293, 40294, 40295, 40296, 40297
Phone Area Codes 502
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.254
Longitude -85.759

Louisville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LOUISVILLE STANDIFORD AP
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 70 to 87 F
Oct Temp 49 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station SALEM
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Station SHELBYVILLE 1 E
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 40 F
Apr Temp 38 to 67 F
Jul Temp 62 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 69 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Louisville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bank One (40295)

Kosmosdale (40272)

Pleasure Rdge (40258, 40268)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Glenview 460 $234,643
Lyndon 11,244 $62,515
Prospect 4,806 $161,250
Shively 15,570 $42,236
St. Matthews 17,837 $72,458
West Buechel 1,196 $33,200

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Louisville Public Libraries

Library
Louisville Free Public Library
301 YORK STREET
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 574-1600
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Louisville Hospitals

NORTON HOSPITALS, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
200 E CHESTNUT ST
(502) 629-8639
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
530 SOUTH JACKSON STREET
(502) 562-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

JEWISH HOSPITAL & ST MARY'S HEALTHCARE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
200 ABRAHAM FLEXNER WAY
(502) 587-4413
Emergency Service: Yes

BAPTIST HOSPITAL EAST
(Government - Federal)
4000 KRESGE WAY
(502) 897-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

Louisville VA Medical Center
(VA)
800 Zorn Avenue
(502) 287-4000 or (800) 376-8387
Emergency Service:

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Louisville High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PLEASURE RIDGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL
5901 GREENWOOD ROAD
502-485-8311
Serves 1,895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

DUPONT MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL
120 W LEE ST
502-485-8241
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,822 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

SENECA HIGH SCHOOL
3510 GOLDSMITH LANE
502-485-8323
Serves 1,734 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL
6000 BROWNSBORO ROAD
502-485-8206
Serves 1,693 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

BUTLER TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
2222 CRUMS LN
502-485-8220
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,640 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

LOUISVILLE MALE TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
4409 PRESTON HIGHWAY
502-485-8292
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,635 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

SOUTHERN HIGH SCHOOL
8620 PRESTON HIGHWAY
502-485-8330
Serves 1,398 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

FERN CREEK TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
9115 FERN CREEK RD
502-485-8251
Serves 1,182 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

IROQUOIS HIGH SCHOOL
4615 TAYLOR BLVD
502-485-8269
A Title I School.
Serves 1,113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

DOSS HIGH SCHOOL
7601 ST ANDREWS CHURCH RD
502-485-8239
A Title I School.
Serves 1,052 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

WAGGENER TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
330 S. HUBBARDS LANE
502-485-8340
Serves 1,037 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
1130 W CHESTNUT ST
502-485-8226
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 1,013 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

VALLEY TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
10200 DIXIE HIGHWAY
502-485-8339
A Title I School.
Serves 956 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

ATHERTON HIGH SCHOOL
3000 DUNDEE ROAD
502-485-8202
Serves 950 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
2501 ROCKFORD LANE
502-485-8344
A Title I School.
Serves 776 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

JEFFERSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
900 S FLOYD ST
502-485-3173
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 723 students.

SHAWNEE HIGH SCHOOL
4018 WEST MARKET STREET
502-485-8326
A Title I School.
Serves 661 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

MOORE TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
6415 OUTER LOOP
502-485-8304
A Title I School.
Serves 651 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

LIBERTY ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
3307 E INDIAN TR
502-485-7100
A Non-traditional School
Serves 280 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

BUECHEL METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL
1960 BASHFORD MANOR LN
502-485-8316
A Non-traditional School
Serves 239 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

BROWN HIGH SCHOOL
546 SOUTH FOURTH STREET
502-485-8216
Serves 211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.9

CARITAS PEACE ACADEMY SCHOOL
2020 NEWBURG RD
502-479-4180
A Non-traditional School
Serves 159 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

GEORGIA CHAFFEE TAPP-WESTPORT ALT HS
8800 WESTPORT RD
502-485-8347
A Non-traditional School
Serves 136 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

WALLER-WILLIAMS ENVIRONMENTAL ALT SCH
2415 ROCKFORD LN
502-485-8314
A Special Education School
Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

BROOKLAWN YOUTH SERVICES ALTERNATIVE SCH
2125 GOLDSMITH LN
502-515-0460
A Non-traditional School
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

ALFRED BINET SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL
3410 BON AIR AVE
502-485-8209
A Special Education School
Serves 82 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.3

BRECKINRIDGE METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL
1128 EAST BROADWAY ST
502-485-6678
A Non-traditional School
Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.3

CHURCHILL PARK SPECIAL EDUCATION
435 BOXLEY AVE
502-485-8229
A Special Education School
Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.5

MARYHURST ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1015 DORSEY LN
502-245-1576
A Non-traditional School
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

TEN BROECK-KMI HOSPITAL ALT SCHOOL
8521 LAGRANGE RD
502-426-6380
A Non-traditional School
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

LOUISVILLE DAY TREATMENT CENTER ALT SCH
8711 LAGRANGE RD
502-425-7126
A Non-traditional School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

AHRENS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE CTR VOC SCH
546 S FIRST ST
502-485-8201
A Vocational School
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.7

CARDINAL TREATMENT CTR ALTERNATIVE SCH
2915 FREYS HILL RD
502-425-2173
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

MARY RYAN ACADEMY SPECIAL EDUCATION
1900 S 7TH ST
502-485-8988
A Special Education School
Serves 25 students.

RICE AUDUBON YOUTH DEV CENTER ALT SCH
8711 LAGRANGE RD
502-425-7205
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

LOUISVILLE DEAF ORAL SCHOOL
111 E KENTUCKY ST
502-636-2084
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.

SPRING MEADOWS ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
10901 SHELBYVILLE RD
502-245-3906
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

JEFFERSON COUNTY YOUTH CENTER ALT SCH
720 W JEFFERSON ST
502-485-3173
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

KELLER DAY TREATMENT CENTER ALT SCH
911 S BROOK
502-583-0420
A Special Education School
Serves 10 students.

BOYS HAVEN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
2301 GOLDSMITH LN
502-458-1171
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

ACKERLY/BINGHAM GUIDANCE SPEC ED HIGH
200 E CHESTNUT ST
502-852-6941
A Special Education School
Serves 6 students.

HOME OF THE INNOCENTS HIGH SCHOOL
1020 E MARKET ST
502-595-6019
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.

HAZELWOOD FACILITY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1800 BLUEGRASS AVE
502-361-2301
A Non-traditional School

KENTUCKY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
1867 FRANKFORT AVE
502-897-1583
A Special Education School

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