Hearing of Louisville conjures up images of mint juleps, horse racing, and baseball bats. However, what do you really know about living in Derby City? We have put together this little preview of the animals, inhabitants, and weather in Louisville to give you a feeling for what it is like to live there.
In 2003, the City of Louisville and Jefferson County merged to become one entity known as Louisville Metro. The population of this area is more than 600,000. According to the latest census numbers from 2010, nearly 71 percent of the city’s residents are white, about 23 percent identify as African-American, more than two percent of Louisvillians are Asian, and about one out of every 22 people is Hispanic. Almost 52 percent of the population is female, and about one out of every eight people in Louisville is 65 years of age or older.
With the low cost of living and vibrant arts and culture scene, Louisville is a popular place for people of all nationalities to settle. As a matter of fact, one out of every twelve residents was born outside of the United States, and over eight percent of Louisvillians speak a language other than English at home. Louisville’s NPR News Station, WFPL, did a study to explore which of the city’s neighborhoods were the most diverse. You can see the findings from the research here. In addition, Eastern European immigrants tend to settle on the East End, while Southeast Asian immigrants are in the South End.
Louisville experiences a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. In mid-to-late March, spring-like conditions usually start. Then, summer runs from mid-to-late May to late September with average highs in the 80s. Fall is October and November. Winter is typically cold with lows around 30 degrees. There is also a mix of sleet, snow, and rain with occasional heavy ice and snow. Though rainfall is fairly constant all year, summer and spring are the wettest seasons.
In addition to the occasional ice storms and thunderstorms, Louisville is also susceptible to tornadoes. In modern recorded history, there have been two F4 tornadoes that have hit the city, one in 1890 and another in 1974. In 1937, the Ohio River flooded the city. This prompted the city to build numerous floodwalls, and now, flooding is rare.
The City of Louisville has a department devoted to helping residents prepare for emergencies, such as tornados, active shooter events, excessive heat, ice storms, and more. There are also emergency sirens throughout the city, and you can get emergency alerts sent to your phone.
The climate in Louisville is ideal for all sorts of wildlife. Louisville is home to bats, lizards, turtles, and many fish, including sturgeon, bass, and trout. You can learn more about fishing in Louisville on the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife site.
The Kentucky Native Plant Society has put together a comprehensive database of photos of native flowers and other plants, including yellow lady slippers, wild columbine, Virginia bluebells, and more.
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