Living in Louisville

Louisville by the numbers

We think Louisville is pretty great, but don’t just take our word for it. Our city, food, parks and even the tap water are nationally recognized.


Most Beautiful & Affordable Places to Live

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Best Food Cities in the U.S.

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Best Cities for New College Graduates

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Louisville is the perfect mix of Southern charm and big city culture. As the home of Muhammad Ali, Louisville Slugger and the Kentucky Derby, the city offers countless attractions, restaurants, parks and more to entice foodies, arts fans and outdoor enthusiasts.

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.


Tap Water

Louisville Tap has been named Best Tasting Tap Water in America twice by the American Water Works Association.

Place to go

Louisville’s Waterfront Park was ranked #3 in USA Today's 10 Best Riverwalks in 2023.

Place to go

The New York Times listed Louisville #40 on its list of 52 Place to Go in 2023.


Louisville has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index every year since 2015. The index scores cities based on their support of the LGBTQ+ community.

happy birthday

The ‘Happy Birthday’ song was written in Louisville by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill for their kindergarten class. The only known manuscript of the original song is housed in UofL's Music Library.


Louisville is the world's largest producer of disco balls, famous for creating disco balls for Studio 54, Beyonce and Madonna.


Just a Short Drive Away

Route Distance Drive Time
Louisville to Cincinnati 100 miles 1.5 hours
Louisville to Indianapolis 114 miles 2 hours
Louisville to Evansville 123 miles 2 hours
Louisville to Nashville 175 miles 2.75 hours
Louisville to St. Louis 260 miles 4 hours
Louisville to Chicago 295 miles 4.75 hours

What our students love about Louisville

In addition to a vibrant campus life, our students enjoy all the perks of living in a thriving metropolitan city. Louisville is well-known for its vibrant arts scene, rich history, beautiful parks system and world-class attractions.


The Arts

Discover the spots that make up Louisville’s thriving arts scene.



Explore local landmarks and uncover Louisville’s rich history.



Step outside and enjoy Louisville’s sprawling parks system.



Experience all the unique attractions Louisville has to offer.


Events & Festivals

Experience live entertainment and events all year long.

University of Louisville

2301 S. 3rd St.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292