Poplar Hills, Kentucky

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Poplar Hills, Kentucky
Location of Poplar Hills in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Location of Poplar Hills in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Poplar Hills is located in Kentucky
Poplar Hills
Poplar Hills
Location within the state of Kentucky
Poplar Hills is located in the US
Poplar Hills
Poplar Hills
Poplar Hills (the US)
Coordinates: 38°10′35″N 85°41′37″W / 38.17639°N 85.69361°W / 38.17639; -85.69361Coordinates: 38°10′35″N 85°41′37″W / 38.17639°N 85.69361°W / 38.17639; -85.69361
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
 • Land0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
469 ft (143 m)
 • Total362
 • Estimate 
 • Density14,200/sq mi (5,482.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
FIPS code21-62370
GNIS feature ID1669496

Poplar Hills is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. A part of the Louisville Metro government, it is Kentucky's only city with a majority African-American population. The population was 362 at the 2010 census.[3] It currently has the highest population density for any city in Kentucky, and is the only Kentucky city that is on the highest population densities of American cities list. It currently ranks 19th on the list, and has the second-lowest population for any city on that list. It is tied with Mobile City, Texas, as the smallest city by total area on the list.


Poplar Hills is located in central Jefferson County at 38°10′35″N 85°41′37″W / 38.17639°N 85.69361°W / 38.17639; -85.69361 (38.176490, -85.693492).[4] It is bordered to the northeast by Watterson Park and on all other sides by consolidated Louisville/Jefferson County. Kentucky Route 864 (Poplar Level Road) runs along the northeast border of the community. Downtown Louisville is 7 miles (11 km) to the northwest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Poplar Hills has a total area of 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), all land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016421[2]16.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 396 people, 234 households, and 77 families residing in the city. The population density was 17,036.0 people per square mile (7,644.8/km²). There were 240 housing units at an average density of 10,324.8 per square mile (4,633.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 40.15% White, 55.30% African American, 0.76% Asian, 1.52% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.27% of the population.

There were 234 households out of which 15.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 15.4% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 66.7% were non-families. 50.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.69 and the average family size was 2.36.

In the city, the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 20.7% from 18 to 24, 44.7% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 2.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,964, and the median income for a family was $22,000. Males had a median income of $31,000 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,879. About 19.1% of families and 19.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 46.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Poplar Hills, Kentucky". Accessed 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Poplar Hills city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.