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In ranking Louisville, Kentucky, as one of America’s most livable cities, the Places Rated Almanac merely confirms what Louisvillians already know: Louisville is both a comfortable and exciting place to be.
Louisville is Kentucky’s largest city and serves as the hub of a 7-county (4 in KY, and 3 in Southern IN) metropolitan area of 1,043,449 people, according to the 2000 census.
Geographically, the city is centrally located in the eastern half of the United States, on the southern bank of the Ohio River – in an area known as the Ohio Valley.
The climate is moderate and seasonal. We have warm summers, temperate winters, beautiful springs, and colorful falls.
You will find it easy to get to Louisville. Louisville International Airport is located just 15 minutes from downtown, at the junction of I-65 and I-264. The major interstates serving Louisville are I-65, I-64, I-71, I-264 and I-265. Commuting is generally simple and quick.
The cost of living is moderate, with a median price for an existing single-family home of approximately $150,000, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment of $750/month. Most of the residents at the University of Louisville are homeowners.
The diversity of Louisville’s arts and entertainment scene rivals that of much larger cities. The critically acclaimed Actors Theater – one of the nation’s most vibrant regional theaters – shares the spotlight with the Kentucky Opera, the Louisville Ballet, and the touring Broadway Series.
The Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Frazier Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Louisville Science Center are just a few of the various attractions frequented by visitors and residents alike.
Museums, musical societies, and art fairs add flavor to Louisville’s cultural menu. The Kentucky Center for the Arts, the historic Brown Theater, and the art-deco Louisville Palace Theater all offer various forms of live entertainment. If you tastes are more modern, Fourth Street Live is a unique new entertainment venue.
Outdoor recreation is plentiful. There are 140 public parks, 9 public golf courses, 226 public tennis courts, 13 outdoor and 2 indoor public swimming pools, as well as biking and jogging routes in, and around, the city. Frederick Law Olmstead, he father of American landscape architecture and the designer of New York City’s Central Park, designed three of Louisville’s major urban parks and their connecting parkways,
Sports fans have lots to choose from in Louisville. Papa John’s Cardinal Football Stadium is home to the nationally ranked UofL football team – 2013 Sugar Bowl Champions. You may have heard that Kentuckians are fanatical about basketball? Coach Rick Pitino’s Cardinal Basketball team was the 2013 NCAA Basketball Champion and play games in front of a packed crowd at The KFC Yum! Center, a $238 million, 22,500-seat basketball and multipurpose arena. Louisville Slugger Field, home to the minor-league Louisville Bats, is a beautiful facility with great ballpark food. The move to the ACC has taken place which promises outstanding competition in all sports for UL and the city of Louisville!
Horse racing at the world famous Churchill Downs is a major community focus. The most exciting 2 minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, takes place on the 1st Saturday of May. Derby is preceded by the 2-week long Kentucky Derby Festival, which includes an enormous firework and air show, a hot-air balloon race, the steamboat race, the Pegasus Parade, and much more.
The Louisville Zoo is open year-round and features special interpretive programs. In addition to its regular exhibits, the Gorilla Forest is a must see.
Children and spouses will find excellent educational opportunities in Louisville. There are 14 colleges and universities, including UofL. Jefferson County Public Schools offer a variety of elementary, middle and high school programs ranging from traditional and technical programs to a Youth Performing Arts School. The Math, Science and Technology programs have gained national recognition. In addition, parochial and private schools have flourished in Louisville for many years.
And finally…the medical facilities in Louisville are unsurpassed in the region and are a great source of pride to the city. Louisville and its medical community are always eager to welcome the brightest, most promising young talent to the UofL Surgery Residency Program. We invite you to share in the excitement of living and working here.