Loudonville vs. Louisville

In preparation for tomorrow’s Louisville-Siena basketball game, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few comparative bits of information about the school’s respective hometowns, just to put this hopefully-epic joust in perspective. Please feel free to add other important comparisons in the comments section. If the Saints manage to upset the Cardinals tomorrow, then these should help to amplify the great community gloat that we’ll all be able to share in the weeks, months and years to come. You know, the way that we still own Stanford.

POPULATION

Louisville: 557,789 in the city itself, and 1,233,735 in the greater Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical area.

Loudonville: It’s hard to say. Hamlets within the Town of Colonie don’t have precisely defined borders, so there’s no firm consensus as to where one ends and another begins, which makes it hard to count heads. Loudonville’s ZIP Code, 12211, has a population of 11,404 according to the U.S. Postal Service, although I would consider that number suspect for two reasons. First, it includes parts of Colonie and Albany that aren’t generally considered to be within the hamlet, and second, there are probably thousands of folks with Latham, Watervliet, Colonie or Menands mailing addresses who will claim to live in Loudonville, since it has more cache hereabouts. All told, it’s probably as amorphous as the borders.

NUMBER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Louisville: There are 22 schools in Louisville offering Bachelors, Graduate or Associate degrees. The University at Louisville is the largest, with about 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

Loudonville: It’s hard to say. While Siena College has a Loudonville address, odds are that most, if not all, of the campus actually sits in the Hamlet of Newtonville, which, according to U.S. Postal Service data, has a population of 0, unless you count Post Office Boxes. So there are between zero and one colleges in Loudonville. Probably.

NAME

Louisville: Founded in 1778 and named after King Louis XVI of France. He’s the one who was beheaded during the French Revolution.

Loudonville: Named after John Campbell, Fourth Earl of Loudon, one-time Commander in Chief of British Forces in North America. In 1757, he planned an expedition to seize the Fortress of Louisbourg (now in Nova Scotia) from the French, but while dithering on the way, let the French capture Fort William Henry on Lake George, and was subsequently shipped back home to Britain.

TALLEST STRUCTURE

Louisville: The AEGON Center, at 538 feet, is the tallest building in Kentucky.

Loudonville: It’s hard to say. I’m thinking it’s probably one of the water towers of of Osbourne Road, though I suspect they may actually be located outside of the hamlet. If not them, then it’s probably the high tension towers that run along the ravine between Loudon Road and Van Rensselaer Boulevard.

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