Elsmere, Kentucky

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Elsmere, Kentucky
Location of Elsmere in Kenton County, Kentucky
Location of Elsmere in Kenton County, Kentucky
Coordinates: 39°0′5″N 84°36′11″W / 39.00139°N 84.60306°W / 39.00139; -84.60306Coordinates: 39°0′5″N 84°36′11″W / 39.00139°N 84.60306°W / 39.00139; -84.60306
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMay 11, 1896
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorMarty Lenhof
 • Total2.65 sq mi (6.85 km2)
 • Land2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
919 ft (280 m)
 • Total9,159
 • Density3,485.16/sq mi (1,345.83/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code859
FIPS code21-24778
GNIS feature ID0491746

Elsmere is a home rule-class city[2] in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 8,451 at the 2010 census.[3]


Elsmere is located in western Kenton County at 39°0′5″N 84°36′11″W / 39.00139°N 84.60306°W / 39.00139; -84.60306 (39.001475, -84.603116).[4] It is bordered to the north and east by Erlanger, to the south by Independence, and to the west by Florence in Boone County. The Dixie Highway (U.S. Routes 25, 42, and 127) forms the northern border of the city and leads northeast 7 miles (11 km) to Covington and southwest 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the center of Florence.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Elsmere has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.73%, are water.[3]


The community was first settled in 1885 as "South Erlanger". Elsmere organized as a city in 1896, renamed after Elsmere Avenue in Norwood, Ohio, the hometown of one of its founders.[5][6]


In 1998, Billy Bradford was elected mayor of Elsmere, the first African-American mayor elected in northern Kentucky. He served 12 years (three terms), and now serves as a member of the city council. The current mayor is Marty Lenhof.[7]


Regal Beloit (formerly Emerson Power Transmission[8]) and L'Oréal[9] have facilities in an unincorporated pocket of Kenton County surrounded by Elsmere. Portions of Elsmere have a Florence mailing address.[10] Mazak's North American headquarters are in Elsmere.[11]


Portions of the cities of Elsmere and adjacent Erlanger share a public school system: Erlanger/Elsemere Independent School District.[12]

The following schools are shared by the two cities:[13]

Primary schools
Secondary schools

A portion of Elsmere is in the Kenton County School District[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

According to the 2010 U.S. census, there were 8,451 people, 2,992 households, and 2,131 families residing in the city. The racial makeup was 84.3 percent white, 7.1 percent black, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian American, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 4.2% some other race, and 3.4% two or more races. 8.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[16]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Elsmere city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2019.[dead link]
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Elsmere and Erlanger Historical Societies (January 20, 2010). Elsmere and Erlanger. Arcadia Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 9780738566634. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  6. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 93. ISBN 0813126312. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  7. ^ "Notable Kentucky African Americans - Mayors". www.uky.edu. Archived from the original on 2007-11-24.
  8. ^ Regal Beloit closes on purchase of Emerson's power transmission unit
  9. ^ "L'Oréal USA's Florence Manufacturing Facility Honored with Governor's Safety and Health Award". Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  10. ^ 2015 NKY 200
  11. ^ Mazak expands, renovates in Elsmere
  12. ^ "Appendix B: Maps Of Independent School Districts In Operation In FY 2014-FY 2015 Using 2005 Tax District Boundaries – Erlanger-Elsmere ISD" (PDF). Research Report No. 415 – Kentucky's Independent School Districts: A Primer. Frankfort, KY: Office of Education Accountability, Legislative Research Commission. September 15, 2015. p. 107 (PDF p. 121/174).
  13. ^ Erlanger-Elsmere Public Schools Retrieved on 2010-05-05
  14. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Kenton County, KY" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-07-25. - Text list
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Elsmere city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2019.

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