Profile for Louisville, Kentucky, KY
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Louisville is a city in Jefferson County.
Louisville is in the Bluegrass region.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for French King Louis XVI.
The latitude of Louisville is 38.254N. The longitude is -85.759W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 466 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 248,762.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Louisville demographic reports
Louisville is on the Ohio River.
Louisville grew as a 19th-century river port.
Union forces had military headquarters here during the Civil War.
The city merged with Jefferson county in 2003 to form a metro government.
Public transportation: Transit Authority of River City (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Ranked No. 8 on America's Most Literate Cities list, compiled by the University of Wisconsin in 2003
Drinks: Mint julep, a combination of bourbon, sugary syrup, fresh mint and crushed ice
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "The Insider"
· 1964 movie, "Goldfinger"
Setting for Tom and Daisy Buchanan?s wedding reception, in F. Scott Fitzgerald's ??The Great Gatsby??
Well-known residents have included:
· Muhammad Ali, boxer
· Ned Beatty, actor
· Sue Grafton, mystery writer
· President Zachary Taylor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Heine Brothers' Coffee, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Kentucky Derby - May 5, 2007
- Celebrate Asia Day - May 19, 2007
- Dog Days Family Day - June 24, 2007
- Kentucky State Fair - Aug. 16-26, 2007
- Good Folk Fest - Dec. 1-2, 2007
- Young American Shakespeare Festival - May 10-20, 2007
- Storytelling & S'mores - May 26, 2007
- Riverside Heritage Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Louisville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Kentucky Opera, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet
Nearby parks & recreation:
E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Jefferson County Memorial Forest
Louisville attractions: Louisville Zoo, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Sports teams: Bats (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, Conrad/Caldwell House Museum, Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Colonel Harlan Sanders Museum, Callahan Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, Speed Art Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Louisville, Spalding University, Bellarmine College, Sullivan University, Jefferson Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 126
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Ancestry & family history
16% of Louisville residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Louisville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Louisville was $18,193, compared with $21,587 nationally.
21% of Louisville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Louisville festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Kentucky State Fair - A
- Riverside Heritage Festival - O
- Good Folk Fest - D
- Kentucky Derby - M
- Young American Shakespeare Festival - M
- Celebrate Asia Day - M
- Storytelling & S'mores - M
- Dog Days Family Day - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Louisville include Butchertown Historic District, Cherokee Triangle Area Residential District, Clifton Historic District, Highlands Historic District, Old Louisville Residential District, Russell Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Louisville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $377. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $787.
Libraries in Louisville include Bon Air Branch, Crescent Hill Branch, Dorothea Stottman Library, Fairdale Branch, Fern Creek Branch, Filson Library, Highland-Shelby Park Branch, Iroquois Branch, Jeffersontown Branch, Louisville Free Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Louisville include Courier-Journal
TV stations in Louisville include WAVE, WBNA, WBXV-CA, WDRB, WHAS, WKMJ, WKPC, WLKY.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WFPL.
Jefferson County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Louisville political report.
Louisville restaurants taking online reservations include 211 Clover Lane Restaurant, Asiatique Restaurant, Avalon - Louisville, Azalea Restaurant, Baxter Station Bar & Grill, BLU Italian Mediterranean Grille, Cafe Lou Lou, De la Torre's Spanish Restaurant, Equus, Jarfi's Bistro & Catering ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Louisville workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 197 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Louisville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 7.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
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