Louisville/Jefferson County, KY



The Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area, commonly called the Louisville metropolitan area or Kentuckiana, encompasses a 12 county (7 in Kentucky and 5 in Indiana) area in north central Kentucky extending into Indiana.

Total Population: 1,278,413

(An increase of 3.46 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 51,486
  • Language Spoken at Home - 63,263

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • Home to University of Louisville, which attracts international students from a wide range of nations.

  • Annually over 2000 refugees first call Louisville their home and scattered throughout Louisville predominantly residing in apartment complexes.

  • More than 100,000 people attend the annual WorldFest (a 4 day event) that features international food, music, vendors, ethnic display, and art.

  • The Jefferson County Public School system reports that students speak 109 languages, with 7,106 in ESL classes and 14,008 who speak another language other than English.


Profile

Louisville is one example of a city that is increasing in diversity due to international immigration, where ethnic minority or immigrant-owned businesses are profoundly influencing the Metro Area. As a result, Louisville has become an international city home to immigrants from around the world. One quarter of the children in public schools are foreign-born. There are over 100 different languages spoken throughout the metro area. People groups come as refugees, international students, immigrants, and business professionals, all looking to start a new life in the greater Louisville area.

The more recent migration include the Japanese who have the longest tenure in Louisville with many arriving in the 1980s. In general, Asian people groups migrated in the early 1990s and the years just prior. The next wave was made up of refugees from Bosniaks to Somalia. Bosniaks arrived after 1995, during and after the regime of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia.

The "Southside" of the Metro near the Americana Apartments is the home to numerous different people groups, especially those who arrived in the United States as refugees. A couple of represented regional affinities in the "Southside" include East Africans and Southeast Asians. In addition, approximately 3,000 Bosniaks call Metro their home as do over 7,000 Cubans.


People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 72 results.
StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
MalayMalaysiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesIslam20
HungarianHungaryEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic30
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam36
GuyaneseGuyanaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity - Other / Marginal37
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam45
NicaraguanNicaraguaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic45
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox50
Mixtec, Southeastern GuerreroMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic50
AzerbaijaniIranCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Shia50
BelizeanBelizeAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity50
SinhaleseSri LankaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesBuddhism50
LebaneseLebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam72
Filipino, BicolanoPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic75
CroatCroatiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic75
IndonesianIndonesiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesIslam76
KrioSierra LeoneSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam85
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam100
BahamianBahamasAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity100
ArgentineArgentinaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic103
EritreanEritreaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam120
MoldovianMoldovaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox120
BelarussianBelarusEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Anglican125
SpanishSpainEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic137
AustrianAustriaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic144
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni153

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Louisville Metro mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...



Refuge ministers to the nations of Louisville throughout the Metro and focus in high-density international areas. Refuge is located in the Louisville Southside area, the most ethno-linguistic diverse community in the Metro, with over 60 plus people groups and 40 plus ethnic businesses. Their resource pages contains a free download of all the ethnic restaurants, business, etc. in the Metro Area.

Contact: Contact Refuge




Ethnic Links

Louisville Cultural Events - A list of ethnic cultural events, festivals, etc.

Americana Community Center - support families and individuals from 92 countries helping individuals realize their potential, build strong families, and create a safe community.

GLIP - showcases Louisville’s welcoming and inclusive nature by serving as a trusted source of information, conversations and connections between international professionals and the region’s business community.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. - news, events, and etc. on Refugees within the state of Kentucky.