Fairdale is a former census-designated place in southern Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 7,658 at the 2000 census. In 2003, the area was annexed to the city of Louisville due to a merger between the city and Jefferson County's unincorporated community. Fairdale is now a neighborhood within the city limits of Louisville. It is within the boundaries of the Fairdale Fire Protection District which serves Fairdale and surrounding areas including the large Jefferson Memorial Forest and historic South Park Country Club, the oldest country club in the state of Kentucky.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Census Designated Place (CDP) has a total area of 14.84 km² (5.73 mi²), all land.
Population by year 
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,658 people, 2,948 households, and 2,154 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 518.7/km² (1,343.2/mi²). There were 3,059 housing units at an average density of 207.2/km² (536.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.8% White, 0.89% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.
There were 2,948 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% married couples living together, 17.2% with a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,218, and the median income for a family was $40,545. Males had a median income of $31,407 versus $22,339 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,275. About 11.2% of families, and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over. 4.6% have a bachelor's degree or higher, 28.2% don't have a high school degree.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fairdale has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- Fairdale Library—Website
- Mayor Greg Fischer Joins to Open New $2.2 Million Fairdale Library—Louisville.gov March 24, 2012
- "Fairdale: Early City of Newtown Lived, Died with Flow at Salt Lick; Land Disputes Abounded" — Article by Bill Pike of The Courier-Journal