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Middletown, Kentucky
Main Street in Middletown
Main Street in Middletown
Location of Middletown in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Location of Middletown in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Middletown, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
Middletown, Kentucky
Middletown, Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
Middletown, Kentucky is located in the United States
Middletown, Kentucky
Middletown, Kentucky
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Jefferson
Established 1797
Incorporated 1866
Reïncorporated 1979
 • Total 5.20 sq mi (13.46 km2)
 • Land 5.14 sq mi (13.30 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
725 ft (221 m)
 • Total 9,706
 • Density 1,889.80/sq mi (729.68/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
40243, 40253
Area code(s) 502
FIPS code 21-51978
GNIS feature ID 0498159

Middletown is an independent, home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, and a former neighborhood of Louisville. The population was 7,218 at the 2010 census.

The city is also home to the main campus of the largest church in the state (and one of the country's largest Protestant churches), the Southeast Christian Church.


The City of Middletown was originally incorporated in 1797 by the Jefferson County Court on 500 acres of land lying on a branch of the forks of Beargrass Creek that originally belonged to Jacob Meyers and Culberth Harrison. Though there is no recorded explanation why the city was named Middletown, it is commonly believed that that name was chosen because the town was in the "middle" of the two older cities of Louisville which was founded June 24, 1778, and Shelbyville, which was founded December 20, 1792. In 1871 the Kentucky General Assembly amended the original charter to increase Middletown's boundaries.

After failing to hold elections and collect taxes after 1919, Circuit Judge McCauley Smith dissolved the city's charter on July 26, 1960, and Middletown lost its 163-year-old city status. The city's charter was restored as a sixth-class city on August 7, 1976 with a commission form of government. On July 15, 1982, this was upgraded to the status of a fourth-class city.


Middletown is located at 38°14′36″N 85°31′51″W / 38.24333°N 85.53083°W / 38.24333; -85.53083 (38.243342, -85.530842).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.10 square miles (13.2 km2), of which 5.04 square miles (13.1 km2) is land and 0.061 square miles (0.16 km2) (1.20%) is water.


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Corner of Madison & Main Street in Middletown


As of the census of 2010, there were 7,218 people, 3,292 households, and 1,966 families living in the city. The population density was 1,414.9 people per square mile (546.3/km2). There were 3,547 housing units at an average density of 695.3 per square mile (268.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.1% White (85.1% non-Hispanic), 7.1% African American, 0.11% Native American or Alaska Native, 2.8% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 3,292 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.86.

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Bybee Pottery on Main Street

The age distribution was 21.4% under 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 or older. The median age was 43.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 244
1890 302
1980 414
1990 5,016 1,111.6%
2000 5,744 14.5%
2010 7,218 25.7%
2020 9,706 34.5%
U.S. Decennial Census


Public education in Middletown is administered by Jefferson County Public Schools, which operates Eastern High School and Hite elementary, Middletown elementary and Crosby middle school in the Middletown area. There is also a free public library which is a branch of Louisville free public libraries. Middletown also has multiple privately funded schools.

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Middletown welcome sign
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