Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Jeffersontown's Gaslight Square
Jeffersontown's Gaslight Square
Official seal of Jeffersontown, Kentucky
Where Community And Commerce Meet
Location of Jeffersontown in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Location of Jeffersontown in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Jeffersontown is located in Kentucky
Location within the state of Kentucky
Jeffersontown is located in the United States
Jeffersontown (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°12′17″N 85°34′10″W / 38.20472°N 85.56944°W / 38.20472; -85.56944
CountryUnited States
Named forthen-Vice Pres. Thomas Jefferson
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorCarol Pike
 • Total10.61 sq mi (27.48 km2)
 • Land10.57 sq mi (27.39 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation637 ft (194 m)
 • Total28,474
 • Density2,692.83/sq mi (1,039.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
40220, 40223, 40269, 40291, 40299
Area code502
FIPS code21-40222
GNIS feature ID2404797[2]

Jeffersontown is a home rule-class city[3] in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 28,474 at the 2020 census.

It is a major suburb of Louisville. When the Louisville Metro government was established in 2003, Jeffersontown chose to retain its status as an independent city. It is the metro area's largest municipality outside Louisville. Locally, the city is often referred to by the abbreviated name J-town.


See also: History of Louisville, Kentucky

Before European exploration, this was occupied by succeeding cultures of Native Americans. They hunted the area for its rich game, including bison herds. The bison created paths through the forests and meadows for their seasonal migrations that were later used by Native Americans and, in turn, by Europeans and Americans alike.

Located in southeastern Jefferson County, along the north central border of Kentucky, Jeffersontown was initially developed in the late 1700s as a stopover and trading station for early European-American pioneers on their way to the Falls of the Ohio at Louisville. Farmers began to cultivate the rich land, which was surveyed by Thomas Bullitt in 1773 and John Floyd the next year. The Hites, Tylers, and Oldhams all settled the area under land grants given to veterans for military service following the American Revolutionary War, as the new government was cash poor.[4]

In 1794, Abraham Bruner purchased 122 acres (49 ha) of land. In May 1797,[5] he successfully petitioned the Jefferson County Fiscal Court to incorporate a 40-acre (16 ha) section of his land as the city of Jefferson – named either after the county or after Thomas Jefferson, then the vice president of the United States. The city was long known as Bruner's Town or Brunerstown by its inhabitants, but the usage Jefferson Town eventually became adopted as its present name.[4][6]

A large, 600-acre area from the pioneer days has been preserved since the late 20th century and recognized as the Tyler Settlement Rural Historic District. It is used largely for agricultural purposes. This district is east of Jeffersontown; it contains several of the Tylers' original log cabins and barns. A large portion of the Tyler settlement is known as the Blackacre Nature Preserve. This 170-acre tract is used by Jefferson County public schools as part of their environmental education.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), of which 9.9 square miles (26 km2) is land and 0.10% is water.


As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 26,595 people, 10,653 households, and 7,275 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,675.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,033.2/km2). There were 11,220 housing units at an average density of 1,127.3 per square mile (435.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.2% White, 11.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.04% of the population.

Blankenbaker Access Drive (westbound) in Jeffersontown

There were 10,653 households, out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99.

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,999, and the median income for a family was $60,951. Males had a median income of $41,345 versus $29,537 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,977. About 3.7% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.


See also: Economy of Louisville, Kentucky

The Bluegrass Commerce Park (formerly known as The Bluegrass Research & Industrial Park) opened in 1966 and encompasses 600 acres (2.4 km2). It was the first such development in the United States. Today, Bluegrass Commerce Park has expanded to more than 1,800 acres (7.3 km2) and is home to approximately 850 businesses. The park is the largest in the state of Kentucky. The 38,000 employees who work there make the park and Jeffersontown the third-largest city of employment in the state.[9] The park's seven units include:

Papa John's Pizza has its headquarters in Jeffersontown.[10][11] In November 2020, the company announced its new global headquarters would be moved to the Three Ballpark Center at The Battery Atlanta.[12][13]


The city of Jeffersontown is governed by a mayor and eight city council members. The mayor serves a four-year term of office while the council members serve two-year terms. The city council members are elected at-large, made up of the top eight candidates receiving the most votes in the general election.


Jeffersontown has a lending library, a branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.[14]

Notable people

See also: List of people from the Louisville metropolitan area

See also


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on March 19, 2022. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jeffersontown, Kentucky
  3. ^ "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  4. ^ a b The Kentucky Encyclopedia, pp. 468. "Jeffersontown". University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1992. Accessed August 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Jeffersontown, Kentucky". Accessed August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 152. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 27, 1996. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on July 17, 2022. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Jeffersontown, Kentucky – Viewbook". January 6, 2003. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  10. ^ "Jeffersontown to dedicate new bike and walking path Saturday." The Courier-Journal. November 7, 2007. C7. Retrieved on December 6, 2012. "Papa John's office is in Jeffersontown,"
  11. ^ "Papa's Specialty Pizza Challenge Archived 2014-10-23 at the Wayback Machine." Papa John's Pizza. Retrieved on December 6, 2012. "Papa John's International Inc., 2002 Papa John's Blvd, Louisville, KY 40299."
  12. ^ Fuhrmeister, Chris (November 17, 2020). "Papa John's picks the Battery Atlanta for new HQ". The Business Journals. Archived from the original on December 8, 2021. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Fantozzi, Joanna (November 17, 2020). "Papa John's new headquarters will open in The Battery Atlanta in summer 2021". Nation's Restaurant News. Archived from the original on November 12, 2021. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  14. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.

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