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
AfrikanerSouth AfricaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity251
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam45
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam1,200
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam100
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni153
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam36
ArgentineArgentinaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic103
AustralianAustraliaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious177
AustrianAustriaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic144
AzerbaijaniIranCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Shia50
BahamianBahamasAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity100
Bantu, SwahiliSomaliaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam300
BarbadianBarbadosAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity - Anglican243
BelarussianBelarusEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Anglican125
BelizeanBelizeAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity50
BengaliBangladeshSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam - Sunni500
BosniakBosnia and HerzegovinaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam4,500
Burmese, BhamaMyanmar [Burma]Southeast Asian PeoplesTibetan / Himalayan PeoplesBuddhism273
BurundiBurundiSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity700
Chinese, HokkienTaiwanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,866
Colombian ColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic200
CongoleseCongoSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity400
CroatCroatiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic75
Digil-RahawiinSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni3,000
EnglishUnited KingdomEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Anglican572

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.