Kentucky City Classifications

Kentucky’s cities are classified into six types. Classification is mainly based on population, but other factors do come into consideration. Louisville is a First Class city with a population of over 100,000- a distinction it held even before the 2003 merger with Jefferson County. The merger preserved cities incorporated into the Louisville metro area as semi-autonomous entities which are classified as second to sixth class cities. As of 2013 statutory classifications of cities in Kentucky and their corresponding population references are as follows:

  • First Class- 100,000 or more
  • Second Class- 20,000-99,999
  • Third Class – 8,000 to 19,999
  • Fourth Class – 3,000 to 7,999
  • Fifth Class – 1,000 to 2,999
  • Sixth Class – less than 1,000

Second Class Cities: Jeffersontown

Third Class Cities: Prospect, Shively

Fourth Class Cities: St. Matthews, St. Regis Park, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Lyndon, Middletown

Fifth Class Cities: Audubon Park, Barbourmeade, Beechwood Village, Heritage Creek, Hurstbourne Acres, Lynnview, Meadow Vale, Northfield, Plantation, Rolling Hills, Watterson Park, West Buechel, Windy Hills, Woodlawn Park, Northfield

Sixth Class Cities: Bancroft, Bellemeade, Bellewood, Blue Ridge Manor, Briarwood, Broeck Pointe, Brownsboro Farm, Brownsboro Village, Cambridge, Coldstream, Creekside, Crossgate, Druid Hills, Fincastle, Forest Hills, Glenview, Glenview Hills, Glenview Manor, Goose Creek, Green Spring, Hickory Hill, Hills And Dales, Hollow Creek, Houston Acres, Kingsley, Langdon Place, Lincolnshire, Manor Creek, Maryhill Estates, Meadowbrook Farm, Meadowview Estates, Mockingbird Valley, Moorland, Murray Hill, Norbourne Estates, Norwood, Old Brownsboro Place, Parkway Village, Poplar Hills, Richlawn, Riverwood, Rolling Fields, Seneca Gardens, Spring Mill, Spring Valley, Strathmoor Manor, Sycamore, Ten Broeck, Thornhill, Wellington, Westwood, Wildwood, Woodland Hills, Worthington Hills.

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