Ludlow, Kentucky

Coordinates: 39°05′26″N 84°32′59″W / 39.09056°N 84.54972°W / 39.09056; -84.54972
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Ludlow, Kentucky
Old Ludlow Theatre
Old Ludlow Theatre
Location of Ludlow in Kenton County, Kentucky.
Location of Ludlow in Kenton County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 39°05′26″N 84°32′59″W / 39.09056°N 84.54972°W / 39.09056; -84.54972
CountryUnited States
Named forIsrael Ludlow
 • MayorChris Wright[1]
 • Total1.28 sq mi (3.31 km2)
 • Land0.92 sq mi (2.37 km2)
 • Water0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)
Elevation545 ft (166 m)
 • Total4,385
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,787.12/sq mi (1,849.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code859
FIPS code21-48378
GNIS feature ID2404969[3]

Ludlow is a home rule-class city[5] in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 4,385 at the 2020 census. It is a suburb of the Cincinnati metropolitan area. It received its greatest period of early growth as a rail station.


In 1790, the land that is now Ludlow was given to Gen. Thomas Sandford as a grant in recognition of his service during the Revolutionary War. Sandford traded the land to Thomas D. Carneal for land in what is now Ft. Mitchell. Carneal had Elmwood Hall built on the riverfront in 1818. It still stands (as of 2011) at 244 Forest Avenue and is a private residence. Carneal later sold the land to William Bullock, a British showman, entrepreneur, and traveller, who directed John Papworth to design a utopian community for the site named Hygeia (Greek for "health"). Never realizing this plan, Bullock sold the land to Israel L. Ludlow in 1830.[6] Ludlow was platted as a town in 1846.[7]

The city of Ludlow, named for the landowner, was incorporated in 1864.[7]

Ludlow was used as a filming site for the movie Lost In Yonkers, starring Richard Dreyfuss.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (30.65%) is water.


Historical population
2022 (est.)4,343[8]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,409 people, 1,739 households, and 1,135 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,141.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,985.1/km2). There were 1,888 housing units at an average density of 2,201.7 per square mile (850.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.46% White, 0.39% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 1,739 households, out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,509, and the median income for a family was $44,441. Males had a median income of $34,890 versus $26,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,015. About 8.8% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.


The majority of Ludlow is in the Ludlow Independent School District. One parcel of land is in the Covington Independent School District.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Government". City of Ludlow. City of Ludlow, KY. Retrieved February 5, 2023.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ludlow, Kentucky
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Ludlow Facts". Kenton County Public Library. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Kenton County, KY" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2023. - District text list

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