100 Biggest Cities In Kentucky For 2020

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in Kentucky. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 240 cities and places in Kentucky.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Bluegrass State has to offer. You know the places like Louisville and Lexington which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in Kentucky that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in Kentucky with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in Kentucky, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in Kentucky, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In Kentucky

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Bluegrass State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in Kentucky from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Louisville.

The smallest? Perryville, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Louisville, KY
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Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 617,032
Population 2010: 586,994
Growth: 5.1%
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Louisville LOO--vl or LUUV-l) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th-most populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being the state's second-largest city of Lexington. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County.

Review Of Louisville by HomeSnacks User

There are many things to do in Louisville! We have a revitalized waterfront that continues to grow stronger and offer more activities for the public each year. From free waterfront concerts each Wednesday in the summer to a wide array of delicious eateries, you're sure to find something you enjoy.

For such a "small" city, Louisville has a variety of art and music and food. Louisville has pretty decent cost of living, and has quite a bit of history to it, being a river city. If you can put up with the occasional ignorant redneck, you might just love it here.


Lexington, KY
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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 318,734
Population 2010: 288,045
Growth: 10.7%
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Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. With a mayor-alderman form of government, it is one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class; the other is the state's largest city of Louisville. In the 2016 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 318,449, anchoring a metropolitan area of 506,751 people and a combined statistical area of 723,849 people. Due to constant increases in population, Lexington suffers some of the worst traffic congestion in Kentucky, because two interstates bypass the city to the north and east, resulting in a lack of freeways going through the most populated areas of the city.

Review Of Lexington by HomeSnacks User

Great small university centric city with just enough shopping, activities, and nightlife to keep folks of all ages entertained.

Living within New Circle Road is ideal for quick transit times. Avoid the mall around Christmas time.


Bowling Green, KY
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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 65,731
Population 2010: 56,407
Growth: 16.5%
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Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. As of 2016, its population of 65,234 made it the third most-populous city in the state after Louisville and Lexington; its metropolitan area had an estimated population of 165,732; and the combined statistical area it shares with Glasgow has an estimated population of 218,870.

Owensboro, KY
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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 59,188
Population 2010: 56,541
Growth: 4.7%
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Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. It is the fourth-largest city in the state by population. Owensboro is located on U.S. Route 60 about 107 miles southwest of Louisville, and is the principal city of the Owensboro metropolitan area. The 2016 population was 59,273. The metropolitan population was estimated at 116,506.

Review Of Owensboro by HomeSnacks User

I Live in Owensboro and it is one of the most fd yo cities its also one of the biggest cities in ky mfs stay getting.l robbed shot raped stabbed etc.. those small towns u listed are candy lands compared to Louisville or Owensboro or Lexington Paducah bowlinggreen hopkinsville Madisonville Henderson


Covington, KY
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Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 40,552
Population 2010: 41,055
Growth: -1.2%
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Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Cincinnati, Ohio, lies to its north across the Ohio and Newport, Kentucky, to its east across the Licking. Part of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area, Covington had a population of 40,640 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census, making it the fifth-most populous city in Kentucky. It is one of its county's two seats, along with Independence.

Richmond, KY
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Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 34,566
Population 2010: 30,983
Growth: 11.6%
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Richmond is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Madison County, Kentucky, United States. It is named after Richmond, Virginia, and is the home of Eastern Kentucky University. The population was 33,533 in 2015. Richmond is the third-largest city in the Bluegrass region and the state's sixth-largest city. Richmond serves as the center for work and shopping for south-central Kentucky. Richmond is the principal city of the Richmond-Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison and Rockcastle counties.

Review Of Richmond by HomeSnacks User

I live in Richmond and know that most of the residents don't own their home and are unmarried due to being college students. I would assume this also affects salary. Maybe you should take that variable into consideration when posting researched statistics. Richmond is a known college town."


Georgetown, KY
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Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Population: 32,902
Population 2010: 27,268
Growth: 20.7%
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Georgetown is a home rule-class city in Scott County, Kentucky, in the United States. The 2016 population was 33,440 per the United States Census Bureau. It is the 7th-largest city by population in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the seat of its county. It was originally called Lebanon when founded by Rev. Elijah Craig and was renamed in 1790 in honor of President George Washington. It is the home of Georgetown College, a private liberal arts college. Georgetown is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population: 31,940
Population 2010: 29,242
Growth: 9.2%
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Florence is a home rule-class city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. Florence is part of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. The population was 29,951 at the 2010 census.

Hopkinsville, KY
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Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Population: 31,483
Population 2010: 30,862
Growth: 2.0%
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Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 31,577.

Nicholasville, KY
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Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Population: 29,977
Population 2010: 26,861
Growth: 11.6%
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Nicholasville is a home rule city in Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 28,015 during the 2010 U.S. Census, making Nicholasville the 11th-largest settlement in the state.

Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in Kentucky

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in Kentucky.

Have fun snacking around in the Bluegrass State!

For more reading on Kentucky, check out:

Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In Kentucky

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Louisville 617,032 586,994 5.1%
2 Lexington 318,734 288,045 10.7%
3 Bowling Green 65,731 56,407 16.5%
4 Owensboro 59,188 56,541 4.7%
5 Covington 40,552 41,055 -1.2%
6 Richmond 34,566 30,983 11.6%
7 Georgetown 32,902 27,268 20.7%
8 Florence 31,940 29,242 9.2%
9 Hopkinsville 31,483 30,862 2.0%
10 Nicholasville 29,977 26,861 11.6%
11 Elizabethtown 29,474 26,822 9.9%
12 Henderson 28,800 28,464 1.2%
13 Jeffersontown 28,178 26,460 6.5%
14 Frankfort 27,582 25,682 7.4%
15 Independence 27,183 22,975 18.3%
16 Paducah 24,879 25,114 -0.9%
17 Radcliff 22,693 21,039 7.9%
18 Ashland 20,822 21,613 -3.7%
19 Madisonville 19,138 19,558 -2.1%
20 Murray 19,037 17,366 9.6%
21 Erlanger 18,776 17,797 5.5%
22 Winchester 18,413 18,132 1.5%
23 St. Matthews 18,147 17,365 4.5%
24 Burlington 17,069 15,702 8.7%
25 Danville 16,685 16,054 3.9%
26 Fort Thomas 16,313 16,182 0.8%
27 Shively 15,741 15,142 4.0%
28 Shelbyville 15,660 13,403 16.8%
29 Berea 15,188 13,255 14.6%
30 Newport 15,152 15,404 -1.6%
31 Mount Washington 14,433 9,049 59.5%
32 Glasgow 14,370 13,924 3.2%
33 Fort Campbell North 13,882 13,170 5.4%
34 Bardstown 13,042 11,552 12.9%
35 Shepherdsville 12,117 10,813 12.1%
36 Lyndon 11,427 10,786 5.9%
37 Campbellsville 11,413 9,376 21.7%
38 Somerset 11,376 11,172 1.8%
39 Lawrenceburg 11,272 10,207 10.4%
40 Mayfield 9,940 10,033 -0.9%
41 Paris 9,874 8,611 14.7%
42 Middlesborough 9,583 10,405 -7.9%
43 Francisville 9,401 7,737 21.5%
44 Oakbrook 9,301 8,838 5.2%
45 Alexandria 9,211 8,376 10.0%
46 Versailles 9,192 8,438 8.9%
47 Hillview 8,987 8,062 11.5%
48 Fort Knox 8,965 11,933 -24.9%
49 Maysville 8,797 9,004 -2.3%
50 Franklin 8,762 8,368 4.7%
51 La Grange 8,735 7,761 12.5%
52 Edgewood 8,723 8,698 0.3%
53 Elsmere 8,570 8,412 1.9%
54 Harrodsburg 8,403 8,320 1.0%
55 Fort Mitchell 8,237 8,177 0.7%
56 London 8,020 7,929 1.1%
57 Middletown 7,865 6,953 13.1%
58 Morehead 7,674 6,981 9.9%
59 Oak Grove 7,411 7,283 1.8%
60 Villa Hills 7,410 7,565 -2.0%
61 Corbin 7,194 7,342 -2.0%
62 Flatwoods 7,186 7,420 -3.2%
63 Mount Sterling 7,180 6,759 6.2%
64 Highland Heights 7,136 6,809 4.8%
65 Russellville 7,008 7,015 -0.1%
66 Pikeville 6,967 6,824 2.1%
67 Leitchfield 6,784 6,640 2.2%
68 Taylor Mill 6,746 6,662 1.3%
69 Cynthiana 6,348 6,457 -1.7%
70 Cold Spring 6,319 5,495 15.0%
71 Wilmore 6,299 3,740 68.4%
72 Hebron 6,160 5,812 6.0%
73 Princeton 6,157 6,331 -2.7%
74 Monticello 6,088 6,176 -1.4%
75 Vine Grove 5,969 4,310 38.5%
76 Bellevue 5,828 6,006 -3.0%
77 Central City 5,822 5,984 -2.7%
78 Union 5,815 5,018 15.9%
79 Fort Wright 5,724 5,704 0.4%
80 Douglass Hills 5,702 5,463 4.4%
81 Lebanon 5,621 5,546 1.4%
82 Buckner 5,465 5,119 6.8%
83 Dayton 5,422 5,390 0.6%
84 Williamsburg 5,269 5,268 0.0%
85 Hazard 5,170 4,534 14.0%
86 Crestwood 4,914 4,248 15.7%
87 Massac 4,888 4,407 10.9%
88 Prospect 4,876 4,667 4.5%
89 Hendron 4,821 4,315 11.7%
90 Columbia 4,722 4,466 5.7%
91 Ludlow 4,515 4,400 2.6%
92 Westwood 4,509 4,596 -1.9%
93 Reidland 4,467 4,379 2.0%
94 Benton 4,460 4,365 2.2%
95 Scottsville 4,412 4,251 3.8%
96 Farley 4,398 4,535 -3.0%
97 Hurstbourne 4,383 4,130 6.1%
98 Greenville 4,323 4,314 0.2%
99 Walton 4,281 3,467 23.5%
100 Paintsville 4,134 3,474 19.0%
101 Crescent Springs 4,035 3,807 6.0%
102 Grayson 4,015 4,216 -4.8%
103 Williamstown 3,924 3,898 0.7%
104 Crittenden 3,861 3,646 5.9%
105 Southgate 3,859 3,704 4.2%
106 Carrollton 3,849 3,918 -1.8%
107 Lancaster 3,832 3,521 8.8%
108 Stanford 3,673 3,555 3.3%
109 Prestonsburg 3,645 3,443 5.9%
110 Beaver Dam 3,560 3,376 5.5%
111 Morganfield 3,463 3,313 4.5%
112 West Liberty 3,369 3,447 -2.3%
113 Russell 3,311 3,414 -3.0%
114 Crestview Hills 3,281 3,113 5.4%
115 Hodgenville 3,213 3,145 2.2%
116 Barbourville 3,119 3,343 -6.7%
117 Wilder 3,083 2,925 5.4%
118 Providence 3,050 3,281 -7.0%
119 Park Hills 2,983 2,963 0.7%
120 Springfield 2,982 2,538 17.5%
121 Indian Hills 2,965 2,871 3.3%
122 Graymoor-Devondale 2,959 2,879 2.8%
123 Louisa 2,947 2,907 1.4%
124 Marion 2,935 3,056 -4.0%
125 Falmouth 2,915 2,441 19.4%
126 Pioneer Village 2,872 1,926 49.1%
127 Brandenburg 2,850 2,572 10.8%
128 Flemingsburg 2,837 2,714 4.5%
129 Simpsonville 2,786 2,466 13.0%
130 Cave City 2,772 2,131 30.1%
131 Lakeside Park 2,749 2,691 2.2%
132 Tompkinsville 2,731 2,554 6.9%
133 Hartford 2,722 2,671 1.9%
134 Mount Vernon 2,702 3,322 -18.7%
135 Dawson Springs 2,690 2,810 -4.3%
136 Raceland 2,661 2,563 3.8%
137 Stanton 2,646 2,800 -5.5%
138 Morgantown 2,627 2,438 7.8%
139 Cadiz 2,608 2,542 2.6%
140 Claryville 2,581 2,437 5.9%
141 Brooks 2,575 3,018 -14.7%
142 Eddyville 2,565 2,540 1.0%
143 Russell Springs 2,550 1,864 36.8%
144 Eminence 2,546 2,202 15.6%
145 Fulton 2,522 3,134 -19.5%
146 Calvert City 2,509 2,604 -3.6%
147 Dry Ridge 2,465 2,177 13.2%
148 Horse Cave 2,376 2,565 -7.4%
149 Breckinridge Center 2,363 1,533 54.1%
150 Jenkins 2,358 2,459 -4.1%
151 Hardinsburg 2,357 2,763 -14.7%
152 Whitesburg 2,335 1,789 30.5%
153 Carlisle 2,323 2,039 13.9%
154 Hickman 2,318 2,062 12.4%
155 Windy Hills 2,297 2,235 2.8%
156 Albany 2,293 2,156 6.4%
157 Elkton 2,291 2,430 -5.7%
158 Anchorage 2,281 2,534 -10.0%
159 Irvine 2,230 2,730 -18.3%
160 Greensburg 2,214 2,388 -7.3%
161 North Corbin 2,211 1,709 29.4%
162 Junction City 2,080 2,908 -28.5%
163 Owingsville 2,052 1,941 5.7%
164 Jamestown 2,052 1,485 38.2%
165 Lebanon Junction 2,046 1,641 24.7%
166 Cumberland 2,039 1,896 7.5%
167 Jackson 2,022 2,148 -5.9%
168 Liberty 1,970 1,618 21.8%
169 Catlettsburg 1,931 2,011 -4.0%
170 Jeffersonville 1,912 1,832 4.4%
171 Hurstbourne Acres 1,891 1,683 12.4%
172 Lewisport 1,877 1,820 3.1%
173 Doe Valley 1,877 1,540 21.9%
174 Orchard Grass Hills 1,862 1,633 14.0%
175 Warsaw 1,861 1,891 -1.6%
176 Pineville 1,808 2,560 -29.4%
177 Salyersville 1,772 1,793 -1.2%
178 Sturgis 1,771 2,169 -18.3%
179 Ledbetter 1,770 1,522 16.3%
180 Midway 1,749 1,802 -2.9%
181 Burkesville 1,733 1,981 -12.5%
182 Olive Hill 1,715 1,859 -7.7%
183 Whitley City 1,694 1,222 38.6%
184 Munfordville 1,688 1,417 19.1%
185 Edmonton 1,676 1,571 6.7%
186 Owenton 1,616 1,928 -16.2%
187 Elk Creek 1,600 1,687 -5.2%
188 Worthington 1,579 1,559 1.3%
189 Pewee Valley 1,568 1,271 23.4%
190 Taylorsville 1,547 986 56.9%
191 Coal Run Village 1,534 1,417 8.3%
192 Brodhead 1,527 1,288 18.6%
193 Verona 1,502 1,527 -1.6%
194 West Buechel 1,501 1,117 34.4%
195 Worthington Hills 1,494 1,490 0.3%
196 Earlington 1,458 1,437 1.5%
197 Harlan 1,452 2,049 -29.1%
198 Silver Grove 1,450 1,071 35.4%
199 Manchester 1,440 1,401 2.8%
200 Barbourmeade 1,416 1,323 7.0%
201 Vanceburg 1,400 1,997 -29.9%
202 Camargo 1,399 1,175 19.1%
203 Coldstream 1,394 1,263 10.4%
204 Wurtland 1,385 1,079 28.4%
205 Beattyville 1,375 1,285 7.0%
206 Clinton 1,368 1,558 -12.2%
207 Sebree 1,362 1,538 -11.4%
208 Audubon Park 1,352 1,529 -11.6%
209 Pine Knot 1,350 1,465 -7.8%
210 Guthrie 1,340 1,611 -16.8%
211 Beechwood Village 1,338 1,287 4.0%
212 St. Regis Park 1,336 1,520 -12.1%
213 Flat Lick 1,316 967 36.1%
214 Livermore 1,304 1,304 0.0%
215 Auburn 1,293 1,229 5.2%
216 Irvington 1,268 1,453 -12.7%
217 Greenup 1,268 1,312 -3.4%
218 Mortons Gap 1,241 617 101.1%
219 Masonville 1,231 1,041 18.3%
220 Northfield 1,142 1,201 -4.9%
221 Augusta 1,119 1,338 -16.4%
222 Annville 1,110 1,800 -38.3%
223 Ryland Heights 1,106 1,046 5.7%
224 New Castle 1,094 1,253 -12.7%
225 Burnside 1,087 564 92.7%
226 Burgin 1,087 975 11.5%
227 Watterson Park 1,082 972 11.3%
228 Hebron Estates 1,080 1,018 6.1%
229 Heritage Creek 1,069 1,046 2.2%
230 Dixon 1,069 631 69.4%
231 Muldraugh 1,066 1,315 -18.9%
232 Elkhorn City 1,064 1,108 -4.0%
233 Mckee 1,060 941 12.6%
234 Clay City 1,059 1,233 -14.1%
235 Stearns 1,052 1,381 -23.8%
236 Lynnview 1,043 942 10.7%
237 Clay 1,030 1,195 -13.8%
238 Pleasureville 1,016 1,011 0.5%
239 Plano 1,015 1,128 -10.0%
240 Perryville 1,009 740 36.4%

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