Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville
Consolidatit ceety-coonty
Louisville-Jefferson Coonty
Metro Govrenment
From top: The Louisville downtown skyline at night, The Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville fireworks at Kentucky Derby Festival, Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Fourth Street Live! in Downtown, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Flag of Louisville
Flag
Official seal of Louisville
Seal
Nickname(s): Derby Ceety, River Ceety, Gateway tae the Sooth, Falls Ceety, The 'Ville[1]
Location in the Commonweel o Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky is located in United States
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Location in the Unitit States
Coordinates: 38°15′N 85°46′W / 38.250°N 85.767°W / 38.250; -85.767
Kintra Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of Kentucky.svg Kentucky
Coonty Jefferson
Incorporation 1780
Named for Keeng Louis XVI o Fraunce
Government
 • Mayor Greg Fischer (D)
Area[2]
 • Consolidatit ceety-coonty 1,032 km2 (399 sq mi)
 • Land 997.38 km2 (385.09 sq mi)
 • Water 35 km2 (13 sq mi)
Elevation 142 m (466 ft)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Consolidatit ceety-coonty 746,906 (consolidatit)
602,011 (balance)
 • Density 743.0/km2 (1,924/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,440,607
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-48000
GNIS featur ID 0509453
Demonym Louisvillian
Website louisvilleky.gov

Louisville (Listeni/ˈlvɪl/, local Listeni/ˈləvəl/ or Listeni/ˈlʌvəl/) is a major ceety an the lairgest ceety in the U.S. state o Kentucky an the coonty seat o Jefferson Coonty.

Syne 2003, the ceety's borders hae been coterminous wi those o the coonty acause o a ceety-coonty merger. The ceety's tot consolidatit population at the 2010 census wis 741,096 (Louisville's balance tot, 602,011, excludes semi-autonomous touns an is the population leetit in maist soorces an naitional rankins). As o 2010, the Louisville metropolitan aurie (MSA) haed a population o 1,307,647 rankin 42nt naitionally.[4] The metro aurie includes Louisville-Jefferson Coonty an 12 surroondin coonties, aicht in Kentucky an fower in Soothren Indiana . The Louisville Combined Stateestical Aurie, havin a population o 1,451,564, includes the MSA, Hardin Coonty an Larue Coonty in Kentucky, an Scott Coonty, Indiana.

An important internal shippin port in the 19t century, Louisville the day is baist kent as the location o the Kentucky Derby, the first o three annual thoroughbred horse races makin up the Triple Croun.

Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Louisville haes nine sister ceeties as of 2012:[5][6][7]

In addeetion, Leeds is considered a "friendship ceety". The twa ceeties hae engaged in mony cultural exchynge programs, particularly in the fields o nursin an law, an cooperatit in several private business developments, includin the Frazier Internaitional History Museum.[8]

On Aprile 15, 2008, it wis annoonced that Louisville would be twinned wi the toun o Bushmills in Northren Ireland. The twa places share a tradeetion for the distillin o whiskey. The choice o Louisville came efter a search o U.S. ceeties, follaeed bi an online poll conductit for the public tae decide atween three finalists, which an aa includit Boston an Portland, Maine.[9]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. The term "The 'Ville" has been used in print in The Courier-Journal 60+ times since 1999 and appears to have been popularized by a 2003 billboard campaign promoting Louisville as "The best college sports town in America." See Forde, Pat (September 10, 2003). "UofL's bogus billboards don't impress experts". The Courier-Journal. 
  2. "Jefferson County, Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer". Uky.edu. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. See Location, nomenclature, population and ranking for explanation of consolidated vs. balance figures
  4. "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008" (CSV). 2008 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 19, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  5. Sister cities designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI). Retrieved 2006-06-01.
  6. "Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc.". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  7. "Adapazari, Turkey, to be Louisville's ninth Sister City". Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  8. "Friendship City Status." Sister Cities of Louisville. 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-01.
  9. "Louisville tastes victory in twin search". BBC. April 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 

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