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River City, Falls City, Derbytown
The Place to Live, Work and Play
World's Largest Baseball Bat

Page Contents for Louisville, Kentucky

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Kentucky state capital is Frankfort.
The population of Louisville is approximately 251,399 (2002).
The approximate number of families is 124,018 (1990).
The amount of land area in Louisville is 160.871 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Louisville is 62.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 11.741 sq kilometers.
The distance from Louisville to Washington DC is 497 miles.
The distance to the Kentucky state capital is 49 miles. (as the crow flies)
Louisville is positioned 38.22 degrees north of the equator and 85.74 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Louisville elevation is 462 feet above sea level.
Louisville median income is $ 28,843 (2000).
The Louisville median home price is $ 82,300 (2000).
Louisville average annual precipitation is 43 inches peryear.
The average winter temperature is 37 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 88 degrees F.


on the banks of the Ohio River, between St. Louis and Cincinnati. The metropolitan area of Louisville is comprised of seven counties. The population for this same larger area totals approximately one million. The driving time to either Cincinnati or Indianapolis is about two hours. It is about 10 1/2 hours to Washington, D.C.

Other nearby communities include Parkway Village, Audubon Park, Lynnview, Strathmoor Manor, Watterson Park, Seneca Gardens and Strathmoor Village all in Kentucky and Jeffersonville in Indiana.
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seasonal with moderate snowfall in winter and rainfall during the summer. Average temperatures range from about 33 in winter to 78 in summer.
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History & History Related Items

The City of Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France. The first Town Charter was signed in 1780 by Thomas Jefferson, then Governor of Virginia.

Here is a history page about Louisville.
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The founding of Louisville



Tom Cruise - actor, grew up here in Louisville, except, then, he was known as Tom Mapother.

Patty and Mildred Hill - These are the sisters who wrote the well-known song - "Happy Birthday to You." They were kindergarten teachers who wrote a song for school, "Good Morning to You," which later evolved into the famous birthday anthem.

Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) - 12th President of the U.S. - grew up in Louisville and is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery on Brownsboro Road.

Home of Boxer, Muhammad Ali

Louisville Slugger Factory
This famous baseball bat was made by Andrew "Bud" Hillerich in his father's woodworking shop in Louisville in 1884. The brand name "Louisville Slugger" was first used in 1893. Be sure to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum
at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Churchill Downs has hosted the Kentucky Derby for over 126 years - since 1875. It is the first leg of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horseracing.

The Kentucky Derby Festival
held every spring to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. The Festival has been held since 1956.
1001 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-584-6383

Derby Pie(r), a concoction of walnuts, chocolate chips, sugar, and a few other special ingredients, is so special it is registered by trademark.

Sister Cities of Louisville

Louisville International Airport

The Louisville Zoo
Phone: (502) 459-2181

The Belle of Louisville

Louisville Ballet
315 E. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-583-3150
Fax: 502-583-0006

The Louisville Science Center
727 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 561-6100
Please call ahead for hours of operation.

Things to see and do in the area.

The Portland Museum
2308 Portland Avenue, near the 22nd Street exit of I-6
Louisville, Kentucky
Phone: (502) 776-7678
Please call ahead for hours of operation.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
State Highway 245
P.O. Box 130
Clermont, KY 40110
Phone: (502) 955-8512
20 minutes south of Louisville

The Thomas Edison House Museum
729-31 East Washington Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: (502) 585-5247
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Louisville City Government

City of Louisville
527 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: (502) 574-2003

Louisville Fire and Rescue
1135 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-574-3701

Louisville Metro Police Department

Louisville Historical Events

2003 In 2003, the city of Louisville and Jefferson County were merged into a single consolidated city-county government with the official name of Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government. The official short form of the name is Louisville Metro. With this change came a large increase in population from 256,231 in 2000 to 700,030 in 2004. This figure does include other incorporated places in the county. The city-county is not the same thing as the Louisville metropolitan area which also includes parts of southern Indiana.

Chewing gum was invented by local resident, John Colgan. He called it Taffy Julie, but he neglected to patent his invention.

The University of Louisville is the oldest city-supported college in the country, founded in 1828.

Louisville Chamber

The Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce
614 West Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: 502-625-0000
Fax: 502-625-0010

Louisville Community Events

A Community Events page for Louisville.

Louisville Organizations

The Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce
614 West Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: 502-625-0000
Fax: 502-625-0010

Louisville Libraries

Louisville Free Public Library
301 York Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
Phone: 502-574-1611

Louisville Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools


Colleges and universities in the area

The University of Louisville
This university was founded in 1828 and is the oldest city-supported college in the United States.

Computer Training
The University of Louisville combines online courses with on-campus labs to maximize your flexibility. Receive 1-on-1 sessions, free career planning and programs start every week. Choose from a variety of certification options in networking, databases, programming, web development, IT management, and PC's.

Bellarmine University

Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 East Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-213-5333 Louisville


The population of Louisville was:
1832 - 10,341
1835 - 19,967
1990 - 269,063
2000 - 256,231
2002 - 251,399

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