Pleasure Ridge Park, Louisville

Pleasure Ridge Park, Louisville

Pleasure Ridge Park is a former census-designated place in southwest Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 25,776 at the 2000 census. In 2003, the area was annexed to the city of Louisville due to a merger between the city and Jefferson County's unincorporated communities. Pleasure Ridge Park is now a neighborhood within the city limits of Louisville.


It was first sparsely settled by French and German Catholics in the mid-19th century, and the first church, St. Andrew's Church, was built in 1851, and although it no longer exists, a major local road still bears its name. What is now the Paducah and Louisville Railway built a station in the area in 1874, and a summer resort and hotel called Paine Hotel developed around a shaded ridge on Muldraugh Hill, what came to be called Pleasure Ridge. The name Pleasure Ridge Park was chosen for the first post office in the area in 1876. The area continued to be popular for tourism until World War I.

By the 1950s, the area began expanding rapidly as subdivisions were built. People moving to the area liked its cheap land and location reasonably close to both Downtown Louisville and Fort Knox. Residents blocked a 1984 attempt by the troubled nearby city of Shively to annex Pleasure Ridge Park.

The area is often referred to simply as PRP. Pleasure Ridge Park High School is located in the area.


Pleasure Ridge Park is located at coor dms|38|08|43|N|85|51|30|W|city (38.1454, -85.8583)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 21.5 km² (8.3 mi²), all land.


1960= 10612
1970= 28566
1980= 27332
1990= 25131
2000= 25776
estimate= 25990
estyear= 2007
estref= [ Census Population Estimates for 2005] line 25202]

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 25,776 people, 10,290 households, and 7,347 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,196.2/km² (3,096.6/mi²). There were 10,643 housing units at an average density of 493.9/km² (1,278.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.39% White, 3.84% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 10,290 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,800 (2005), and the median income for a family was $53,296 (2005). Males had a median income of $35,263 versus $24,457 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,337. About 5.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over. 8.7% of residents had a bachelor's degree or higher, 21.7% don't have a high school diploma.


If the positive growth trends of Pleasure Ridge Park keep pace with the negative growth trends in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersontown, Pleasure Ridge Park will overtake Jeffersontown as the largest Louisville suburb on the Kentucky side of the river in the next few years (all of this pre-merger, of course). Although growth in Pleasure Ridge Park is fairly slow, the area has seen an increase in small-scale retail in the last few years. The first Starbucks opened in Pleasure Ridge Park in 2006 in the Dixie Manor Shopping Center. A new Super Wal-Mart opened as well in the city in March 2008 on the Greenbelt Highway. This shopping center also has a retail building built suited for several tenants. Since the completion of the Greenbelt, many subdivisions have been built along or near the belt to allow for easy access to I-264 and I-265. A popular teen nightclub, the Electric Cowboy, also opened in 2007 near the corner of Dixie Highway and Greenwood Road. This club opened in a newly built retail center that houses several other tenants.

There have been an abundance of new jobs in the Riverport area near the Ohio River. Many of these jobs have, of course, sprung up because of the UPS Worldport Expansion at the airport. Most of these jobs are in warehousing and logistics, but still provide the area with new employment opportunities.


* [ Places in Time]
* [ 2000 Census detailed information]

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place=Pleasure Ridge Park
northwest=Riverside Gardens
northeast=Hunters Trace
south=Johnsontown, Valley Gardens, Valley Station
east=Waverly Hills
west=Greenwood, Louisville, Ohio River, Sylvania

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