See where Kentucky is growing, according to the 2020 Census

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky

2020 Population in Kentucky (data from

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its 2020 data showing population increases in Kentucky.

Kentucky Census Numbers

  • 3.8% increase in overall population in Kentucky between 2010 and 2020
  • 166,469 more people live in Kentucky now than 10 years ago
  • 4.5 million people now live in Kentucky
  • 21.2% population growth in Scott County, north of Lexington, was the biggest gain in the state
  • 4 counties in the top 10 for statewide population gains were around Louisville (Shelby, Spencer, Oldham and Bullitt)
  • 782,969 people live in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city
  • 2193 people live in Robertson County, Kentucky’s smallest county
  • 57 Kentucky counties posted population gains
  • 16% decline in Bell County was the biggest population drop in the state

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