Louisville, Kentucky


Pros

-Cost of living
-Arts and culture
-Attractive historic districts

Cons

-Economic cycles
-High pollen/allergy score
-Commute times

Location

Northern Kentucky along the Ohio River at the Indiana border, 100 miles southwest of Cincinnati
Profile: Mid-sized city
Elevation: 488
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About Louisville Metro Area


Louisville (pronounced lou-ah-vul locally) is an industrial, shipping, and commercial center. It has a prosperous river-town character with a distinct Southern accent. Downtown contains a few modern buildings, but the skyline is indistinct overall. The shady historic districts east and south of town with gracious Southern-style Victorian era homes are far more interesting.

Areas farther south are more blue-collar, while the west side of town is a mixed bag. The first Saturday of every May, Louisville becomes the center of the sports world with the running of the Kentucky Derby, a major local event. The city is known for production of autos, appliances, baseball bats, and health care management. It is home to the University of Louisville and is a busy air cargo hub.

Nationally, the city’s air service and spectator sports have become more important in recent years. The Ohio River offers some recreational opportunities, and the city is known for its excellent park system. The historically and culturally interesting bourbon country lies 50 miles south in Bardstown, making a nice weekend trip. Downsides include a low enrollment in public schools, a high pollen/allergy score, congestion and fairly long commute times for the type of area. But negatives are fairly minor and overall Louisville offers a complete package.

The city is divided into two portions with different topographies. The east is rolling hillsides with mostly residential areas, while the west is a flat floodplain containing industry. The climate is continental and highly variable. Located near storm tracks, it is characterized by frequent shifts between warm moist Gulf air and cooler air from the north and west. Summers are usually warm and humid. Winters are moderately cold, though hills to the north in Indiana block polar air. Snow may be observed on those hills while absent in the city and river valley. Spring and summer thunderstorms are common, often producing heavy amounts. Fall is normally the driest season. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.


Highlights


COUNTRY - United States
STATE - Kentucky
COUNTY - Jefferson County
METRO AREA - Louisville Metro Area
CITY - Louisville
ZIP CODES - 40214, 40216, ... 31 total
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Quick Facts About Louisville


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Louisville is 6.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Louisville jobs have Increased by 0.25 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Louisville's cost of living is 9.50% Lower than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Louisville's population is 741,285 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 26.77 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Louisville is $148,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.40 percent.

SCHOOLS
Louisville public schools spend $12,091 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.1 students per teacher in Louisville.


Louisville Housing Market


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Comments


Best place to raise a family
Louisville is definitely headed in the right direction. It's a large city, with small town feel. The cost of living is great. Housing is cheap compared to other cities... (read more)
Great place to visit but no so great place to live
Louisville has a lot to offer a person who wants to visit for a festival with a close community. However, what you see is what you get and it gets old if not originally... (read more)
re: City is pitiful - 7/17/2013
OMG!!!! LOUISVILLE is awful place to live. You are so... (read more)
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