49 Facts About Louisville


Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 28th most-populous city in the United States.

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Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, on the Indiana border.

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Since 2003, Louisville's borders have been the same as those of Jefferson County, after a city-county merger.

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Early Louisville was a major shipping port and enslaved African Americans worked in a variety of associated trades.

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In 1914, the City of Louisville passed a racially-based residential zoning code, following Baltimore, Atlanta, and a handful of cities in the Carolinas.

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In 1929, Louisville completed the lock and dam in the Falls of the Ohio and the city began referring to itself as "where Northern enterprise and Southern hospitality meet".

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Between the industrial boom of that year and through the Great Depression, Louisville gained 15,000 new residents, about three percent of them black, most fleeing poverty in rural areas.

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Louisville was a center for factory war production during World War II.

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This, in part, made Louisville seem like a more racially progressive city than other Southern cities, although only when black citizens accepted a lower status than white citizens.

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Similar to many other older American cities, Louisville began to experience a movement of people and businesses to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Louisville is southeasterly situated along the border between Kentucky and Indiana, the Ohio River, in north-central Kentucky at the Falls of the Ohio.

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Louisville is an Upper South city located in a Southern state that is influenced by both Southern and Midwestern culture.

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Louisville's MSA is included in the Louisville–Elizabethtown–Madison, KY–IN Combined Statistical Area, which includes the Elizabethtown, KY MSA, as well as the Madison, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Louisville area is near several other urban areas, especially Frankfort, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio, Lexington, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, and the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

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Downtown business district of Louisville is located immediately south of the Ohio River and southeast of the Falls of the Ohio.

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The Old Louisville neighborhood is the largest historic preservation district solely featuring Victorian homes and buildings in the United States; it is the third-largest district containing such architectural distinctions in the United States.

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The buildings of West Main Street in downtown Louisville have the largest collection of cast iron facades of anywhere outside of New York's SoHo neighborhood.

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Since the mid-20th century, Louisville has in some ways been divided into three sides of town: the West End, the South End, and the East End.

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Louisville has a humid subtropical climate, typical of the Upper South, and is located in USDA hardiness zones 6b and 7a.

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The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i of Louisville was formed in 1944 when their community reached the required amount of nine adult Baha'is.

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Louisville today is home to dozens of companies and organizations across several industrial classifications.

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Louisville is a significant center of manufacturing, with two major Ford Motor Company plants, and the headquarters and major home appliance factory of GE Appliances.

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Brown-Forman, one of the major makers of American whiskey, is headquartered in Louisville and operates a distillery in the Louisville suburb of Shively.

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Similar to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that links these central Kentucky locations, Louisville offers tourists its own "Urban Bourbon Trail", where people can stop at nearly 20 "area bars and restaurants, all offering at least 50 labels of America's only native spirit".

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Several major motion pictures have been filmed in or near Louisville, including The Insider, Goldfinger, Stripes, Lawn Dogs, Elizabethtown, and Secretariat.

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Louisville has blossomed as a booming center for independent art, music and business.

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Louisville is home to a thriving indie music scene with bands such as Love Jones, Tantric, Squirrel Bait, CABIN, Slint, My Morning Jacket, Houndmouth, Young Widows and Wax Fang.

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The United States Marine Hospital of Louisville is considered by the National Park Service to be the best remaining antebellum hospital in the United States.

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The Louisville area is home to the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a turn-of-the-century hospital that was originally built to accommodate tuberculosis patients, and subsequently has been reported and sensationalized to be haunted.

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Louisville Orchestra was founded in 1937 by conductor Robert Whitney and Charles Farnsley, then Mayor of Louisville, and was a world leader in commissioning and recording contemporary works for orchestra from the 1950s to 1980s.

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Actors Theatre of Louisville, is in the city's urban cultural district and hosts the Humana Festival of New American Plays each spring.

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The Louisville Cardinals have competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, since joining that league in July 2014.

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The Louisville market has ranked first in ratings for the NCAA men's basketball tournament every year since 1999.

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Louisville was one of the youngest players to ever receive the award.

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Louisville is the home of Valhalla Golf Club which hosted the 1996,2000 and 2014 PGA Championships, the 2004 Senior PGA Championship and the 2008 Ryder Cup.

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Louisville has seven professional and semi-professional sports teams, The Louisville Bats are a baseball team playing in the International League as the Triple-A affiliate of the nearby Cincinnati Reds.

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Between 1967 and 1976, Louisville was home to the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association.

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Louisville has the added distinction of being the only city in the world that is the birthplace of four heavyweight boxing champions: Marvin Hart, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis and Greg Page.

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Louisville Metro has 122 city parks covering more than 13,000 acres.

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Until 2015, Louisville was one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class.

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Since January 6,2003, Louisville has merged its government with that of Jefferson County, forming coterminous borders.

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Louisville was the second and only other city in the state to merge with its county.

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The residents of the semi-independent municipalities within Louisville Metro are apportioned to districts along with all other county residents.

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The new Seal of Louisville Metro retains the fleur-de-lis, but has only two stars, one representing the city and the other the county.

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The Elizabethtown, Kentucky Metro Area, which is part of Louisville's Combined Statistical Area, was the 17th safest Metro in the US Kentucky has the 5th lowest violent crime rate out of the 50 states.

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In 2020, Louisville recorded 173 murders; and, in 2021, Louisville recorded 188 murders amidst an ongoing violent crime wave in the city.

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Louisville has recently been featured on the television show First 48.

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University of Louisville has had notable achievements including several hand transplants and the world's first self-contained artificial heart transplant.

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Louisville has historically been a major center for railway traffic.

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