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Welcome to Louisville ...

The city of Louisville is located in Jefferson County<1> and is the County Seat for Jefferson County.

When the people of Louisville refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Louisvillian<2>

Louisville was established in 1778.

The community of Louisville is 460 feet [140 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Louisville lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Louisville, you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Louisville lies within the (502) area code.

The ZIP codes for Louisville: 40201-40225, 40228-40229, 40231-40233, 40241-40243, 40245, 40250-40253, 40255-40259, 40261, 40266, 40268-40270, 40272, 40280-40283, 40285, 40287, 40289-40299<4>

The Pronunciation of Louisville ..

We have heard more than one pronunciation for Louisville:<5>

LOO-a-vul

LOO-ee-vill

Websites for Louisville ...

Official Website:   www.loukymetro.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.greaterlouisville.com/

Junior League:   www.juniorleaguelouisville.org/

Adding Louisville to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Louisville in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Louisville elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Louisville on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Louisville ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 26 communities that are also named Louisville - they are located in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas (3), Louisiana (2), Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri (4), Montana, Nebraska (2), Nevada, New York, Nova Scotia, Ohio (2), Tennessee and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Louisville.

Communities near Louisville ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Louisville.

  • Jeffersonville [Clark County]
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    • Jeffersonville [Clark County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Louisville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 48,126 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jeffersonville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jeffersonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jeffersonville<8>
  • New Albany [Floyd County]
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    • New Albany [Floyd County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the northwest of Louisville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 36,843 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Albany
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Albany<8>
  • Jeffersontown [Jefferson County]
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    • Jeffersontown [Jefferson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the east of Louisville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 27,715 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jeffersontown have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jeffersontown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jeffersontown<8>
  • Clarksville [Clark County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarksville
    • Clarksville [Clark County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the north of Louisville
    • Estimated population in 2019: 21,558 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarksville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarksville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarksville<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Saint Matthews [Jefferson County]
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      • Saint Matthews [Jefferson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the east of Louisville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18,105 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Matthews have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Matthews
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Matthews<8>
    • Shively [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shively
      • Shively [Jefferson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<6> to the southwest of Louisville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 15,689 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shively
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shively<8>
    • Mount Washington [Bullitt County]
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      • Mount Washington [Bullitt County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Louisville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 14,817 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Washington have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Washington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Washington<8>
    • Shepherdsville [Bullitt County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shepherdsville
      • Shepherdsville [Bullitt County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the south of Louisville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 12,442 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shepherdsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shepherdsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shepherdsville<8>
    • Lyndon [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyndon
      • Lyndon [Jefferson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the east of Louisville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,423 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lyndon have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyndon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lyndon<8>
    • Hillview [Bullitt County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillview
      • Hillview [Bullitt County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Louisville
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,225 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillview have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillview

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Louisville. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Louisville.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Louisville. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Louisville.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Louisville. Our list includes 291 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Louisville.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Louisville ...

Looking for more information about Louisville? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Louisville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Louisville.

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About Jefferson County

About Kentucky

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Louisville: www.loukymetro.org/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.loukymetro.org/

The official website for State of Kentucky: https://kentucky.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kentucky's counties, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Louisville refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Louisville may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Louisville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Louisville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Louisville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Louisville includes: 40201, 40202, 40203, 40204, 40205, 40206, 40207, 40208, 40209, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40217, 40218, 40219, 40220, 40221, 40222, 40223, 40224, 40228, 40231, 40232, 40241, 40242, 40245, 40250, 40251, 40252, 40255, 40256, 40257, 40258, 40261, 40266, 40268, 40269, 40272, 40280, 40281, 40282, 40285, 40287, 40289, 40290, 40291, 40292, 40293, 40294, 40295, 40296, 40297, 40298 & 40299.
<5>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Louisville. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Louisville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Louisville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Louisville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Louisville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2362, Longitude: -85.7735    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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