Louisville to Become 16th-Largest U.S. City

Merger of Local Governments to Re-Shuffle National Rankings, Vaulting

Louisville Ahead of Austin, Boston and Seattle



Sep 17, 2002, 01:00 ET from Greater Louisville Inc.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The city of Louisville is about
 to put itself on the map, literally.  On January 6, 2003, the city of
 Louisville and Jefferson County will merge, making the city the 16th-largest
 in the country with 693,604 residents.  Louisville is currently the country's
 67th-largest city.
     The merger puts Louisville ahead of such cities as Austin (No. 17), Boston
 (No. 21), Washington D.C. (No. 22) and Seattle (No. 25), U.S. Census Bureau
 figures show.
     "We're reinventing ourselves, and we see this as our opportunity to show
 the world that Louisville is on the rise," said Steve Higdon, president of
 Greater Louisville Inc., the community's primary economic development
 organization.  "As a community, we're thinking big, and the merger is a step
 forward in charting our destiny to become one of the country's most vibrant
 cities."
     The city of Louisville is currently in year five of an aggressive 12-year
 economic development plan.  Citizens of Louisville and Jefferson County
 approved the combined government, a major part of the development plan, in a
 referendum on November 7, 2001.  Before the merger takes effect, a new mayor
 of the combined government and a 26-member legislative council will be elected
 this November 5.
     The merger will streamline local government by eliminating duplicative
 government services provided by city and county governments.  It is expected
 to result in improved efficiency and taxpayer savings, as well as unified
 decision-making on community affairs.
     Thirty-one U.S. cities have merged with their county governments,
 including Nashville, Tenn. (1962), Indianapolis, Ind. (1969), Lexington, Ky.
 (1972) and Kansas City, Kan. (1997).  Other cities that have been merged for
 more than 50 years include New Orleans, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia,
 Honolulu and Denver.
     This is the first merger of a city with more than 250,000 residents in
 more than 30 years.
 
 
                Top 25 Cities in the U.S. by Population and Rank
 
                1                 New York, N.Y.               8,008,278
                2              Los Angeles, Calif.             3,694,820
                3                 Chicago, Ill.                2,896,016
                4                 Houston, Texas               1,953,631
                5               Philadelphia, Pa.              1,517,550
                6                 Phoenix, Ariz.               1,321,045
                7               San Diego, Calif.              1,223,400
                8                 Dallas, Texas                1,188,580
                9               San Antonio, Texas             1,144,646
               10                 Detroit, Mich.                951,270
               11                San Jose, Calif.               894,943
               12               Indianapolis, Ind.              791,926
               13             San Francisco, Calif.             776,733
               14               Jacksonville, Fla.              735,617
               15                 Columbus, Ohio                711,470
               16                LOUISVILLE, Ky.                693,604
               17                 Austin, Texas                 656,562
               18                 Baltimore, Md.                651,154
               19                 Memphis, Tenn.                650,100
               20                Milwaukee, Wis.                596,974
               21                 Boston, Mass.                 589,141
               22                Washington, D.C.               572,059
               23                Nashville, Tenn.               569,891
               24                 El Paso, Texas                563,662
               25                 Seattle, Wash.                563,374
 
                     *Source:  U.S. Census Bureau (4/1/00)
 
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SOURCE Greater Louisville Inc.
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The city of Louisville is about
 to put itself on the map, literally.  On January 6, 2003, the city of
 Louisville and Jefferson County will merge, making the city the 16th-largest
 in the country with 693,604 residents.  Louisville is currently the country's
 67th-largest city.
     The merger puts Louisville ahead of such cities as Austin (No. 17), Boston
 (No. 21), Washington D.C. (No. 22) and Seattle (No. 25), U.S. Census Bureau
 figures show.
     "We're reinventing ourselves, and we see this as our opportunity to show
 the world that Louisville is on the rise," said Steve Higdon, president of
 Greater Louisville Inc., the community's primary economic development
 organization.  "As a community, we're thinking big, and the merger is a step
 forward in charting our destiny to become one of the country's most vibrant
 cities."
     The city of Louisville is currently in year five of an aggressive 12-year
 economic development plan.  Citizens of Louisville and Jefferson County
 approved the combined government, a major part of the development plan, in a
 referendum on November 7, 2001.  Before the merger takes effect, a new mayor
 of the combined government and a 26-member legislative council will be elected
 this November 5.
     The merger will streamline local government by eliminating duplicative
 government services provided by city and county governments.  It is expected
 to result in improved efficiency and taxpayer savings, as well as unified
 decision-making on community affairs.
     Thirty-one U.S. cities have merged with their county governments,
 including Nashville, Tenn. (1962), Indianapolis, Ind. (1969), Lexington, Ky.
 (1972) and Kansas City, Kan. (1997).  Other cities that have been merged for
 more than 50 years include New Orleans, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia,
 Honolulu and Denver.
     This is the first merger of a city with more than 250,000 residents in
 more than 30 years.
 
 
                Top 25 Cities in the U.S. by Population and Rank
 
                1                 New York, N.Y.               8,008,278
                2              Los Angeles, Calif.             3,694,820
                3                 Chicago, Ill.                2,896,016
                4                 Houston, Texas               1,953,631
                5               Philadelphia, Pa.              1,517,550
                6                 Phoenix, Ariz.               1,321,045
                7               San Diego, Calif.              1,223,400
                8                 Dallas, Texas                1,188,580
                9               San Antonio, Texas             1,144,646
               10                 Detroit, Mich.                951,270
               11                San Jose, Calif.               894,943
               12               Indianapolis, Ind.              791,926
               13             San Francisco, Calif.             776,733
               14               Jacksonville, Fla.              735,617
               15                 Columbus, Ohio                711,470
               16                LOUISVILLE, Ky.                693,604
               17                 Austin, Texas                 656,562
               18                 Baltimore, Md.                651,154
               19                 Memphis, Tenn.                650,100
               20                Milwaukee, Wis.                596,974
               21                 Boston, Mass.                 589,141
               22                Washington, D.C.               572,059
               23                Nashville, Tenn.               569,891
               24                 El Paso, Texas                563,662
               25                 Seattle, Wash.                563,374
 
                     *Source:  U.S. Census Bureau (4/1/00)
 
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      -or-
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      502.499.4207
      -or-
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      jam.stewart@pr21.com
      312-396-9750
 
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