U.S. Census Bureau population estimates show Louisville, Lexington growing

03/22/2018 10:44 AM

The two largest metropolitan areas in Kentucky are growing, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The data released shows population estimates from July 1, 2017 and revealed that Louisville gained 9,105 people since July 1, 2016. The population of the Louisville-Jefferson County metro area increased to 1,293,953. The Lexington-Fayette area wasn’t too far behind the growth in the state’s biggest city, experiencing an increase of 5,890 people in the area. The Lexington-Fayette area now has 512,650 residents.

The overall county size for Fayette and Jefferson counties increased, as well. Jefferson County’s population grew to 771,158, up 3,823 people since 2016. Meanwhile, Fayette County’s population now sits at 321,959, an increase of 2,907 people.

Not every county in Kentucky experienced an increase, however. Martin County, which borders West Virginia, saw the second highest percentage decrease in the country. The county lost 4.1 percent of residents, or 495 people. The decrease leaves the county with 11,452 people.

While the growth in the two most populous areas in Kentucky is significant, it seems tiny compared to the 146,000 population increase in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington over the past year. Maricopa County in Arizona saw the largest increase of any county in the state with 74,000 new residents.

For a full look at the census bureau report click here .

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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