Louisville-Jefferson County, KY

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Louisville-Jefferson County, KY

About Louisville-Jefferson County, KY

Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky is situated in Jefferson County and home to around 600,000 people. This city has a strong economy with major employers such as Humana Inc., Norton Healthcare Inc., and KentuckyOne Health providing employment opportunities. Visitors can explore numerous attractions like The Louisville Zoo or take a leisurely stroll through Waterfront Park. With its diverse range of activities and amenities, Louisville/Jefferson County is an ideal destination for families or travelers looking for an exciting experience. Mid-sized city - Northern Kentucky along the Ohio River at the Indiana border, 100 miles southwest of Cincinnati.

State: Kentucky
Metro Area: Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Area
City: Louisville, Jeffersontown, 112 total
Zip Codes: 40214, 40216, 40299, 40219, 40229, 40272, 40291, 40165, 40245, 40218, 69 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 488 ft above sea level

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.

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Louisville-Jefferson County Cost of Living

Cost of living, arts and culture, and attractive historic districts make Louisville-Jefferson County a great place to live.

-42.8% lower than avg
-7.0% lower than avg
$853 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-34.6% lower than avg
Louisville-Jefferson County Crime
44.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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