Erlanger, Kentucky

Coordinates: 39°01′53″N 84°36′07″W / 39.03139°N 84.60194°W / 39.03139; -84.60194
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Erlanger, Kentucky
The Friendship City
Location of Erlanger in Kenton County, Kentucky
Location of Erlanger in Kenton County, Kentucky
Coordinates: 39°01′53″N 84°36′07″W / 39.03139°N 84.60194°W / 39.03139; -84.60194
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorJessica Fette[citation needed]
 • City AdministratorBill Wulfeck[citation needed]
 • Total8.55 sq mi (22.13 km2)
 • Land8.38 sq mi (21.70 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation833 ft (254 m)
 • Total19,611
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,341.05/sq mi (903.84/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code859
FIPS code21-25300
GNIS feature ID2403570[2]

Erlanger is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. It had a 2020 census population of 19,611. Erlanger is part of the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Erlanger was founded in the 1880s.[3] The city was named after the Parisian family bank Emile Erlanger & Co. and its founder, Baron Frédéric Émile d'Erlanger,[4] who helped finance the town's early development. In current usage, the name is pronounced in an anglicized way, with neither a French nor German accent. Nearby Elsmere was originally known as "South Erlanger".


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2), of which 8.3 square miles (21 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 1.19%, is water.


As of the 2000 census,[5] there were 16,676 people, 6,597 households, and 4,406 families living in the city. The population density was 2,002.4 inhabitants per square mile (773.1/km2). There were 6,865 housing units at an average density of 824.3 per square mile (318.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60% White, 27% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10% of the population. A small Mauritanian community is also present.

There were 6,597 households, out of which 51.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 33.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.1% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 4.09.

Historical population
2022 (est.)19,756[6]0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

The age range was 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,835, and the median income for a family was $40,442. Males had a median income of $21,585 versus $19,296 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,834. About 27.0% of families and 29.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.0% of those under age 18 and 33.6% of those age 65 or over.


Erlanger has multiple neighborhoods within city limits, such as Cherry Hill (partially in Boone County), Central Erlanger (the section marked between streets Sunset Ave. and Commonwealth Ave.), an industrial area surrounding the Cincinnati Airport (includes Mineola Pike), Historic Erlanger (between Riggs Ave. and Crescent Ave.), Northeast Erlanger (Dixie Hwy. & Stevenson Rd. through Turkeyfoot Rd.), North Central Erlanger (Erlanger Rd. and Riggs Ave. to Rosary Dr.)[citation needed]

Dixie Highway (US 25/42) in Erlanger


Toyota Boshoku America and Perfetti Van Melle, an Italian confectionery, have both its headquarters and a manufacturing plant in Erlanger.

The United States Playing Card Company's corporate headquarters are also located in the town.[8]

Online furniture and home goods retailer Wayfair operates a 900,000-square-foot (84,000 m2) fulfillment center on a 52-acre (210,000 m2) site near CVG airport.

Companies like Wayfair “can set up a facility here and within a day they can access several million people from Toronto all the way down to Atlanta,” said Lee Crume, Tri-ED president and CEO. “You just have this tremendous logistical reach by being physically present in Northern Kentucky."[9]

In January 2017, announced they would build an Amazon Prime Air hub in Erlanger, and that it would be expected to bring approximately 2,000 new jobs with it, in addition to 10,000 that Amazon already had in Kentucky.[10][needs update]

The global shipping center Pitney Bowes, often used to send international purchases, is located in Erlanger.[11]


Much of Erlanger and much of its neighbor Elsmere are served by the Erlanger/Elsmere School District, which operates four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.[12] Lloyd Memorial High School is the sole comprehensive high school of the Erlanger/Elsmere district.

A portion of Erlanger is in the Kenton County School District.[13]

Erlanger is served by a branch of the Kenton County Public Library.[14]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Erlanger, Kentucky
  3. ^ "History". Boone County. Archived from the original on February 6, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Tenkotte, Paul A.; Claypool, James C. (February 5, 2015). The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-8131-5996-6.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Kentucky: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Contact Us". The United States Playing Card Company. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Hailey, Lorie (January 31, 2020). "Northern Kentucky is a logistics powerhouse". The Lane Report. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Amazon creating 2,000 jobs with new Kentucky hub". WKYT. January 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "Contact Us". - Pitney Bowes. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  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. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Kenton County, KY" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2022. - Text list
  14. ^ "Erlanger". Kenton County Public Library. Retrieved February 24, 2018.

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