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St. Matthews, Kentucky
Downtown St. Matthews
Downtown St. Matthews
Location of St. Matthews in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Location of St. Matthews in Jefferson County, Kentucky
St. Matthews, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
St. Matthews, Kentucky
St. Matthews, Kentucky
Location in Kentucky
St. Matthews, Kentucky is located in the United States
St. Matthews, Kentucky
St. Matthews, Kentucky
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Jefferson
Incorporated 1950
 • Total 4.40 sq mi (11.39 km2)
 • Land 4.38 sq mi (11.35 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
551 ft (168 m)
 • Total 17,534
 • Density 4,003.20/sq mi (1,545.52/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
FIPS code 21-67944
GNIS feature ID 0502696

St. Matthews is a city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. It forms part of the Louisville Metro government but is separately incorporated as a home rule-class city. The population was 17,472 at the 2010 census, up from 15,852 at the 2000 census. It is the 23rd-largest city in the state. St. Matthews is one of the state's major shopping areas, home to the fifth-largest mall in Kentucky (Mall St. Matthews) along with many smaller shopping centers along Shelbyville Road.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 8,738
1970 13,152 50.5%
1980 13,519 2.8%
1990 15,800 16.9%
2000 15,852 0.3%
2010 17,472 10.2%
2020 17,534 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
A residential street in St. Matthews

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,852 people, 7,978 households, and 3,661 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,938.3 people per square mile (1,518.7/km2). There were 8,537 housing units at an average density of 2,121.0 per square mile (817.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.32% White, 4.95% African American, 0.15% Native American, 2.62% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 7,978 households, out of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.1% were non-families. 45.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 17.0% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.


St. Matthews has a lending library, a branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. Waggener High School and St. Matthews Elementary School.

Notable people

  • Bob Heleringer, Louisville lawyer and member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, 1980–2002; St. Matthews resident

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