Location of Elsmere in Kenton County, Kentucky
|Coordinates: 39°0′5″N 84°36′11″W|
|Incorporated||May 11, 1896|
|• Mayor||Marty Lenhof|
|• Total||2.65 sq mi (6.86 km2)|
|• Land||2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||919 ft (280 m)|
|• Density||3,214/sq mi (1,241.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0491746|
Elsmere is located in western Kenton County at 39°0′5″N 84°36′11″W (39.001475, -84.603116). It is bordered to the north and east by Erlanger, to the south by Independence, and to the west by Florence in Boone County. The Dixie Highway (U.S. Routes 25, 42, and 127) forms the northern border of the city and leads northeast 7 miles (11 km) to Covington and southwest 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the center of Florence.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Elsmere has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.73%, are water.
The community was first settled in 1885 as "South Erlanger". Elsmere organized as a city in 1896, renamed after Elsmere Avenue in Norwood, Ohio, the hometown of one of its founders.
In 1998, Billy Bradford was elected mayor of Elsmere, the first African-American mayor elected in northern Kentucky. He served 12 years (three terms), and now serves as a member of the city council. The current mayor is Marty Lenhof.
Regal Beloit (formerly Emerson Power Transmission) and L'Oréal have facilities in an unincorporated pocket of Kenton County surrounded by Elsmere. Portions of Elsmere have a Florence mailing address. Mazak's North American headquarters are in Elsmere.
The cities of Elsmere and adjacent Erlanger share a public school system. The following schools are shared by the two cities:
|U.S. Decennial Census|
According to the 2010 U.S. census, there were 8,451 people, 2,992 households, and 2,131 families residing in the city. The racial makeup was 84.3 percent white, 7.1 percent black, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian American, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 4.2% some other race, and 3.4% two or more races. 8.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
- "Summary and Reference Guide to House Bill 331 City Classification Reform" (PDF). Kentucky League of Cities. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
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- Elsmere and Erlanger Historical Societies (January 20, 2010). Elsmere and Erlanger. Arcadia Publishing. p. 6. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 93. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- Regal Beloit closes on purchase of Emerson's power transmission unit
- "L'Oréal USA's Florence Manufacturing Facility Honored with Governor's Safety and Health Award". Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- 2015 NKY 200
- Mazak expands, renovates in Elsmere
- Erlanger-Elsmere Public Schools Retrieved on 2010-05-05
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Elsmere city, Kentucky". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2019.