Kentucky population expected to climb 10 percent by 2040

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A new report says Kentucky's population is expected to increase more than 10 percent between 2015 and 2040, with Jefferson and Fayette counties projected to remain the most populous.

The Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville released the new population projections on Tuesday. The projections say 79 of the state's 120 counties are expected to see a decline in population in the 25-year period.

Of 41 counties projected to exhibit population growth, 20 are within metropolitan statistical areas and 13 are within micropolitan statistical areas, or areas with smaller urban populations. The other eight are adjacent to either a metropolitan or micropolitan area.

The data center says by 2040, Kenton County will drop in rank from third most populous to fifth, while Robertson County is projected to remain Kentucky's smallest county in population.

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