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St. James Court fountain
The fountain at St. James Court in Old Louisville

This is a list of official neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky. Like many older American cities, Louisville has well-defined neighborhoods, many with well over a century of history as a neighborhood.

The oldest neighborhoods are the riverside areas of Downtown and Portland (initially a separate settlement), representing the early role of the river as the most important form of commerce and transportation. As the city expanded, peripheral neighborhoods like Butchertown, Phoenix Hill, Russell, Shelby Park, Smoketown and others were developed to house and employ the growing population.

The arrival of the streetcar allowed suburbs to be built further out, such as Beechmont, Belknap, Old Louisville, Shawnee and the Highlands. An interurban rail line in the early 1900s led to communities east of Louisville such as Anchorage and Glenview becoming year-round homes for the rich. Some of Louisville's very rich also moved to mansions along Alta Vista road, in today's Cherokee-Seneca neighborhood.


Housing age
Percentage of housing units built before 1940. Dark green represents a 53% to 83% concentration, and is seen in the Old Louisville, Highlands, Crescent Hill, Portland and Butchertown neighborhoods. A 30% to 52% concentration (pea green) can be found throughout many other areas inside I-264.
  1. Algonquin
  2. Auburndale
  3. Audubon
  4. Avondale-Melbourne Heights
  5. Bashford Manor
  6. Beechmont
  7. Belknap
  8. Belmar
  9. Bon Air
  10. Bonnycastle
  11. Bradley
  12. Brownsboro-Zorn
  13. Butchertown
  14. California
  15. Camp Taylor
  16. Cherokee Gardens
  17. Cherokee-Seneca
  18. Cherokee Triangle
  19. Chickasaw
  20. Clifton
  21. Clifton Heights
  22. Cloverleaf
  23. Crescent Hill
  24. Deer Park
  25. Douglass Loop
  26. Downtown
  27. Edgewood
  28. Gardiner Lane
  29. Germantown
  30. Hallmark
  31. Hawthorne
  32. Hayfield Dundee
  33. Hazelwood
  34. Highland Park - Defunct
  35. Highlands
  36. Hikes Point
  37. Irish Hill
  38. Iroquois
  39. Iroquois Park
  40. Jacobs
  41. Kenwood Hill
  42. Klondike
  43. Limerick
  44. Merriwether
  45. Old Louisville
  46. Original Highlands
  47. Paristown Pointe
  48. Park DuValle
  49. Park Hill
  50. Parkland
  51. Phoenix Hill
  52. Poplar Level
  53. Portland
  54. Prestonia
  55. Rockcreek-Lexington Road
  56. Russell
  57. Saint Joseph
  58. Schnitzelburg
  59. Shawnee
  60. Shelby Park
  61. Smoketown
  62. South Louisville
  63. Southland Park
  64. Southside
  65. Standiford - Defunct
  66. Taylor-Berry
  67. Tyler Park
  68. Wilder Park
  69. Wyandotte (also called Oakdale)

Unincorporated places

After merger, unincorporated places in Jefferson County became neighborhoods of Louisville.

Select unincorporated places, which were previously considered CDPs (census-designated places), are:

Other unincorporated places include:

Incorporated places

After merger, incorporated places in Jefferson County became a part of Louisville while retaining their respective small city governments. Most of these small cities are considered neighborhoods of Louisville although the neighborhood boundaries are not necessarily contiguous with the boundaries of the small cities. Listed under St. Matthews are former cities it annexed and thus are now included as its neighborhoods.

Designated as neighborhoods

Some attractions and areas in Louisville are officially designated as neighborhoods.

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