In 2003, its government merged with that of its largest city and county seat, Louisville, forming a new entity, Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government (official long form) or Louisville Metro (official short form).
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As of 2000, there are 720,080 people, 287,012 households, and 183,113 families residing in the county. The population density is 695/km² (1,801/mi²). There are 305,835 housing units at an average density of 307 persons/km² (794 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 77.38% White, 18.88% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 1.78% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 287,012 households out of which 29.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.20% are married couples living together, 14.70% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 36.20% are non-families. 30.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.37 and the average family size is 2.97.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 91.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $39,457, and the median income for a family is $49,161. Males have a median income of $36,484 versus $26,255 for females. The per capita income for the county is $22,352. 12.40% of the population and 9.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.10% are under the age of 18 and 8.80% are 65 or older.
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