Louisville has a unique and rich history and diverse culture. It is home to many beautiful and famous attractions
, historical events and festivals
, vibrant art galleries and museum, and beautiful neighborhoods. There’s always something new to learn or discover in the Ville! Read on a couple of fast facts about Louisville- the Gateway to the South.
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Louisville Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts
- Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky.
- It is the thirtieth-most-populous city in the US.
- It is the nominal seat of Jefferson County since 2003.
- Louisville is located on the Ohio River close to the border with Indiana.
- It is situated in Kentucky bluegrass region.
- The metro area of Louisville is known as “Kentuckiana”.
- The Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, mostly known as the Kentuckiana or Louisville metropolitan area is the 44th largest in the US.
- The sister cities of Louisville are: China, Jiujiang; Ghana, Tamale; France, Montpellier; UK, Leeds; Germany, Mainz, Ecuador, Quito; Argentina, La Plata, Russia, Perm.
- The ethnic composition of metro Louisville includes: White-74.8%, Black-22.2%, American Indian-0.6%, Asian-2.0%, Pacific Islander or Hawaiian-0.1%, Multiracial-1.6%, and Other-1.4%.
Louisville History Fast Facts
- The Louisville history spans hundreds of years, and has been greatly influenced by its location and geography.
- The city is named after King Louis XVI of France, whose soldiers helped Americans in the Revolutionary War.
- In 1778, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark.
- In 1789, the city got its charter from Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia governor.
- The first European settlement in modern-day Louisville was in 1778 on Corn Islands, by Col George Rogers Clark.
- It is one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains.
- Zachary Taylor, the twelfth president of US, grew up in this city and is buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
- The University in Louisville, established in 1798, is the oldest city-supported college in the US.
- During the great flood of 1937, 70% of Louisville was under water.
- C-46 cargo planes were formed in Louisville during World War II.
- The city houses the largest collection of Victorian homes and mansions in the US.
- The University of Louisville surgeon Drs. Tsu-Min Tsai and Warren Breidenbach, along with Jewish hospital and Kleinert Hand Institute did the first hand transplant.
- The oldest operating Mississippi-style steamboat in the US is the Belle of Louisville, constructed in 1943.
Louisville Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Louisville has a Mayor-Council form of government.
- Louisville merged its government with Jefferson County on January 6, 2003, thus establishing coterminous borders.
- Louisville Metro is administered by the Metro Mayor (executive) and the Metro Council (city legislature).
- The city’s early economy was initially developed through the cargo and shipping industries.
- The city’s major airport is the site of UPS’ worldport air hub.
- It is home of the country’s largest health insurance company-Humana.
- It is a main hub of the American whiskey industry.
- It is also home to one of the Assembly plants of the Ford Motor company, and to several major corporations, such as Papa John’s Pizza, Texas Roadhouse,YUM Brands, and more.
- It has also emerged as a major hub for medical science and health care industries.
Louisville Important and Interesting Fast Facts
- Louisville is home to the Kentucky Fried Chicken, the University of Louisville, Kentucky Derby, and Louisville Slugger baseball bats.
- The city is nicknamed as: The Ville, Derby City, Falls City, River City, and The Gateway to the South.
- It is popular for the Kentucky Derby, the famous horse racing event, and called as the “most exciting 2 minutes in sports”!
- Residents of Louisville are called as “Louisvillians”.
- The largest fireworks show in the United States is in Louisville- the Thunder over Louisville.
- Ninety percent of disco balls are made in this city.
- One-third of the bourbon in the United States comes from Louisville.
- During the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, 100,000 Mint Juleps are flown.
- In the Louisville Slugger Museum, 17 tons of Kentucky limestone forms the baseball glove.
- The world’s biggest baseball bat is housed in the Louisville Slugger Museum.
- The first public library for African Americans in the United Sates was opened in Louisville.
- Old Louisville is the largest Victorian neighborhood in the US.
- The Courier-Journal is the daily newspaper in Louisville.