Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky

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Jefferson County Public Schools is a school district in Kentucky that served 99,191 students during the 2011-2012 school year. This district is the largest by enrollment in the state of Kentucky.[1]

About the district

Jefferson County Public Schools is located in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Jefferson County Public Schools is located in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The county seat is Louisville. Jefferson County is home to 756,832 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Jefferson County overperformed compared to the rest of Kentucky in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.8 percent of Jefferson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.0 percent for Kentucky as a whole. The median household income for Jefferson County was $46,701 compared to $42,610 for the state of Kentucky. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County was 16.5 percent while it was 18.6 percent for the state of Kentucky.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Jefferson County (%) Kentucky (%)
White 73.7 88.5
Black or African American 21.4 8.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 2.4 1.3
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or more race 2.2 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.7 3.3

Party registration, Jefferson County, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 314,038
Republican 178,745
Independent 12,088
Libertarian 812
Green 199
Constitution 27
Other 36,623
Total 542,532

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The table below displays the budget for Jefferson County Public Schools:[5][6]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $588,977,983 64.4% $184,894,510 20.2% $119,207,716 13% $0 0% $22,128,642 2.4% $915,208,853
2013-2014 $604,864,571 64.6% $49,978,962 5.3% $148,514,111 15.9% $0 0% $133,506,822 14.3% $936,865,466
2014-2015 $724,812,368 64% $17,288,282 1.5% $94,908,887 8.4% $0 0% $294,744,591 26% $1,131,754,128
Averages: $639,551,640.67 64% $84,053,918 8% $120,876,904.67 12% $0 0% $150,126,685 15% $994,609,482.33

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