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Louisville, KY

Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, and it's famous for being both the home of the Kentucky Derby and the economic center of the state. The city's nickname is the "Possibility City." In 2008, the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted Louisville America's most livable large city. In the state of Kentucky, 12 of the 15 buildings taller than 300 feet are found in Louisville.

Louisville is located on the Kentucky-Indiana border in North-Central Kentucky. Since 2003 it has been the county seat of Jefferson County. The city is 399 square miles in area with a population of more than 256,000, making it one of the 30 largest cities in the United States.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The city's location near the middle of the United States has made it an important center for transportation. Louisville has a number of major employers:

The bourbon-whiskey industry is also big in Louisville and one-third of all the bourbon produced in the world comes from Louisville. Other important industries in the city include healthcare, construction, educational services, accommodations, food services and finance and insurance.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

With a total area of 399 square miles, Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. The city accommodates about 121,100 houses with an occupancy ratio of about 92 percent.

The downtown business district of Louisville is located immediately south of the Ohio River, and southeast of the Falls of the Ohio. There are many modern skyscrapers downtown, as well as older, preserved structures. The Louisville skyline is slated to be changed by a proposed 62-story Museum Plaza as well as a 22,000-seat waterfront arena. The airport is located approximately seven miles south of the downtown area, and the industrial sections of town are located to the south and west of the airport.

Most of the residential areas of the city are located to the southwest, south and east of downtown. The area with the lowest median home price is west of Interstate 65, in the West and South Ends. The middle range of home sales prices are between Interstates 64 and 65 in the South and East Ends, and the highest median home sales price are north of Interstate 64 in the East End.

Popular residential neighborhoods include:

FOR VISITORS

Louisville offers an extensive list of attractions for visitors:

FAMILY FUN

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Louisville sports fans have a variety of professional and semi-professional home teams to root for:

The University of Louisville in particular has given fans a lot to celebrate. The baseball team participated in the College World Series in 2007, and the football team won the FedEx Orange Bowl in 2007. All of the sports teams are named the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville is home to the Valhalla Golf Club, which has hosted such events as 2004 Senior PGA Championship and the 2008 Ryder Cup.

EDUCATION

Louisville is home to number of private and public colleges, universities and career schools:


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