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Did You Know These About Louisville

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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.
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