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The state has grown and evolved considerably over the past two centuries. In 1900, the state’s population of urban residents was only 22 percent. Today, a majority of the state’s population is urban. Kentucky’s population now totals over 4.3 million, which is an increase of almost 300,000 from the 2000 count. Just over 54 percent of the state’s residents live in one of Kentucky’s 418 incorporated and active cities.


The 2010 Census count shows that the Golden Triangle and urbanized areas along the interstates continue strong growth while many eastern and western cities and counties are falling behind. These population counts can affect everything from federal funding to legislative redistricting to the classification of a city. 





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