Louisville contains the best of both worlds -- a unique combination of small town convenience and the amenities of a much larger city.
"#1 US travel destinations for 2013."
Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, America’s 17th largest city boasts a cost of living that is substantially lower than the national average, with a broad range of affordable housing options from high-rise apartments and historic Victorian homes to suburban communities and rural farms.
Louisville, ranked among the nation's best cities for relocating families, offers a variety of economic reasons why it is considered such a wonderful place to reside. The economy is growing by leaps and bounds with an increasing number of financial and business companies, and health care and service industries establishing or relocating their headquarters to Louisville. Some of the major employers are Providian, Brown-Foreman, Ford, United Parcel Service, Brown and Williamson, Yum Brands (parent company of Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell), and Humana, Inc.
"Third safest city in America for families and young children."
Entertainment and arts activities have contributed to the growth and vitality of Louisville. The Kentucky Center for the Arts provides a single venue where the Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera Association, and Stage One (the Children's Theatre) are housed and performed. The nationally acclaimed Actor's Theatre of Louisville is located in the downtown area and is home to the Humana Festival of New American Plays. The cultural diversity within the community is showcased throughout the local restaurants, which have been recently highlighted in "Food and Wine Magaizine" and Bon Appétit, ethnic and music festivals, galleries, and museums such as the Speed Museum and the famous Louisville Slugger.
"Consistantly one of America's top 25 bicycle-friendly cities."
Louisville is also a wonderful place for the outdoor and sport enthusiasts. For those who like to participate, Louisville provides many parks, some of which are designed by New York City's Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Many outdoor facilities for biking, jogging, camping, fishing, and boating are also available. For those who like to watch their sports, Louisville offers everything from nationally recognized collegiate football and basketball teams to our local baseball team, the Louisville Bats, and the world famous horseracing at Churchill Downs.
"Top ten greatest places for a baseball pilgrimage in the US."
Louisville also plays host to a wide variety of regional celebrations, including the St. James Court Art Fair and the Kentucky Derby Festival — two weeks of non-stop entertainment that ranges from the quirky to the sophisticated, with signature events like a paddle-wheel riverboat race, Southern-style galas and one of the country’s premier air shows, all leading up to the most exciting two minutes in sports: The Kentucky Derby.
"With affordable housing means you can live comfortably amid lots of parkland and top-notch schools."
Educational opportunities are abundant in Louisville. The Jefferson County Public School system offers a variety of grade school and high school programs from traditional and technical programs, 'magnet' schools, and a Youth Performing Arts School. There are also a host of private and parochial schools from which to choose. For higher education pursuits, 14 colleges and universities are located within the metropolitan area. Many of these offer post-graduate degrees.
All in all, Louisville is a great place to work & live! Visit the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.