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This page contains a list of cities in Kentucky, and other information about local governments.

Kentucky allows municipal charters for consolidated governments. There are 120 total counties in Kentucky. Of those 120:[1]

There are 418 total municipalities in Kentucky. All 418 are General law municipalities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Kentucky consists of:

  • Counties: the state is divided into 120 counties.
  • Cities: there are 418 cities in Kentucky. Cities are divided into classes according to population.
First Class: 100,000 or more
Second Class: 20,000 to 99,999
Third Class: 8,000 to 19,999
Fourth class: 3,000-7,999
Fifth Class: 1,000 to 2,999
Sixth Class: Less than 1,000[2]
The cities have different powers according to their class, but none of them can adopt a charter. However, all cities have limited Home rule powers under Kentucky Revised Statute 82.082.[3][4]
  • Cities and Counties also have the option of consolidating governments under one of the forms provided by state law.
Louisville-Jefferson operates as a Consolidated Local Government under Kentucky Revised Statute 67C.
Lexington-Fayette operates as an Urban County Government under Kentucky Revised Statute 67A and the local charter created during the merger process.
Consolidation may also occur as a Charter County under Kentucky Revised Statute 67.825 to 67.875, or as a Unified Local Government under 67.900 to 67.940.[5]
  • In addition, there are 604 special districts and 174 independent school districts.[6]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Kentucky

An initiative process is not mentioned explicitly, but seems to be prohibited by Kentucky Revised Statute Section 83A.120 below. The process for referendum is allowed, but is restricted to the limited issues which are established in Section 60 of the Constitution below.

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Kentucky
City[7] Population City Type Next election
Louisville 602,011 Consolidated city-county No I&R
Lexington 301,569 Charter as urban county government N/A[8]
Bowling Green 58,894 General law No I&R
Owensboro 57,605 General law No I&R
Covington 40,811 General law No I&R
Richmond 31,809 General law No I&R
Hopkinsville 31,419 General law No I&R
Florence 30,687 General law No I&R
Georgetown 29,690 General law No I&R
Elizabethtown 29,044 General law No I&R

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As of the 2010 Census, there are 418 incorporated cities and towns in Kentucky. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[9]

See also