Cincinnati & Northern KY

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About NKY & the greater Cincinnati area

The Greater Cincinnati area and Northern Kentucky includes:  Cincinnati OH, Bellevue KY, Newport KY, Covington KY, Erlanger KY and Florence KY. Located at the intersection of Kentucky and Ohio as well as the crossing of Midwest and North, Northern KY & Cincy are in the heart of the USA and far from ordinary!

Northern Kentucky is the name often given to the northernmost (most typically the three northernmost) counties in Kentucky (Boone, Kenton, Campbell, shown in red on the map). Gallatin, Grant, Pendleton, and Bracken counties (highlighted in pink on the map) are often grouped with the aforementioned and are officially part of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, and are sometimes included in definitions of “Northern Kentucky.” Historically, Trimble, Mason, and Lewis counties have also been included in “Northern Kentucky.”

The three northernmost counties of Kentucky each has at least one major center of population: Florence in Boone County; Covington, Erlanger, and Independence in Kenton County; and Newport, Fort Thomas, and Alexandria in Campbell County. Immediately on the northern side of the Ohio River from Covington and Newport is Cincinnati, Ohio. However, the entire core region is relatively densely populated, with these cities surrounded by many smaller towns which have little other than a city limit sign between them. The periphery of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, namely the western half of Boone County, and southernmost parts of all three of the core counties, are still primarily rural in nature. The area, primarily the three northernmost counties, has a high amount of German heritage and moderate Irish heritage, being across the river from Cincinnati. The four outer counties are still primarily rural. Combined with the southeast corner of Indiana, and Southwestern Ohio, all seven counties are a part of the Greater Cincinnati area, which has a population over two million.

Northern KY & Cincinnati Attractions

Whether it’s catching a major league baseball game and petting a live shark with the family, or reconnecting with a romantic weekend of art museums and theater, there’s always more to explore, new adventures to be had and memories to be made at Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky attractions. Newport on the Levee is an urban retail and entertainment center located in Newport, Kentucky just minutes from downtown Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is one of Cincinnati’s greatest architectural treasures, and offers three museums under one roof plus much more. The Newport Acquarium is a state-of-the art facility, on the banks of the Ohio River with some of the world’s most advanced, creative technology — not to mention amazing animals — all designed to take you around the globe, visiting each continent, every ocean and hundreds of waterways in between. The Cincinnati Art Museum offers free general admission daily at this historic museum that first opened in 1886. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opened in 1875, is the second-oldest zoo in the nation, and is a National Historic Landmark that is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. The Cincinnati Reds is Major League Baseball, historically as baseball’s first professional franchise, makes it home at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati.

Economy

Northern Kentucky has generated lots of economic announcements in the past year–business expansions here,  job expansions there–and the momentum continues into 2014.  Much of the growth is thanks to a wealth of resources such as available land, a well-trained workforce and nearby transportation, including the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and DHL.  Sixty-five percent of America lives within 600 miles of Northern Kentucky, so it’s a great place to have a redistribution center. Their growth is expected to grow due to nearby cargo capabilities, industrial infrastructure, collaboration among neighboring communities on both sides of the river, support from state and local governments and from local higher education institutions, and being along the I-75 corridor.

Cincinnati has the fastest growing economy in the Midwestern United States. The Gross Metro Product is $119 Billion, and median household income is $56,538. The median home price is $152,500, and the cost of living in Cincinnati is 8.2% below national average. The unemployment rate is also below the national average at 4.3%. Procter & Gamble is one of many large corporations with headquarters in the city. Several Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Cincinnati, such as Procter & Gamble, The Kroger Company, and Macy’s, Inc., among others. General Electric has headquartered both their GE Aviation business and their Global Operations center in Cincinnati. The Kroger Company employs 21,646 people locally, making it the largest employer in the city, and The University of Cincinnati second largest at 16,000.

Corporate Housing in NKY & Cincinnati

Ideal Corporate Housing offers corporate housing, in-between housing, insurance claim housing, military housing and student housing in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati region. We have flexible terms, affordable rates, abundant choice of locations in upscale, amenity-rich communities and we are locally owned and operated. We also have the largest inventory of corporate housing temporary apartments among our competitors. We provide our guests with quality furnished 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, at prime locations, and in a timely manner. We research and find the best communities and develop a relationship with these selected communities to ensure our guests are treated with the utmost respect.

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The Fairways at Hartland

The Fairways at Hartland is thoughtfully placed by the beautiful Crosswinds Golf Course and located in the desirable Hartland area. We offer spacious, affordable one, two and three bedroom apartments and townhomes with washer and dryer connections. Newly redesigned homes also available. When you join this well established community you’ll also enjoy a refreshing pool, fitness center, free tanning, picnic area and much more. Come home to The Fairways at Hartland. Read more

Bowling Green

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Bowling Green is a city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. As of 2014, its population of 62,479 made it the third most-populous city in the state after Louisville and Lexington; its metropolitan area had an estimated population of 165,732; and the combined statistical area it shares with Glasgow has an estimated population of 218,870.

Founded by pioneers in 1798, Bowling Green was the provisional capital of Confederate Kentucky during the American Civil War. The city was the inspiration for the 1967 Everly Brothers song “Bowling Green”, and today it is the home of numerous manufacturers, including General Motors and Fruit of the Loom. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant has been the source of all Chevrolet Corvettes built since 1981. Bowling Green is also home to the state’s second-largest public university, Western Kentucky University. In 2014, Forbes magazine listed Bowling Green as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Retire in the United States.

Bowling Green Attractions

The tourism scene in Bowling Green is so much more than just fast cars! A thriving university town with a progressive population helps drive Bowling Green’s ability to entertain. One visit will explain why Bowling Green is “Geared for fun!” As the 3rd largest city in Kentucky and the dining and shopping mecca for a dozen surrounding counties, we’re brimming with restaurant and splurging options. The first of only two cities in Kentucky to be named a Dozen Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we show off our past through numerous historic districts and restored landmarks.

Economy

Bowling Green is bustling with a diverse economy, award-winning schools, affordable housing, and a low crime rate. First-class attractions that tell our stories, natural wonders that inspire exploration, and neighboring communities that invite you in are all right here. Top it all off with friendly folks who understand the value of community and who enjoy sharing it with others, and you have one great destination.

Bowling Green is shifting to a more knowledge-based, technology-driven economy. With one major public university and a technical college, Bowling Green serves as an education hub for the south-central Kentucky region. In addition, the city plays an integral part as the leading medical and commercial center. General Motors Manufacturing Plant, Holley Performance Products, Houchens Industries, SCA, Camping World, Fruit of the Loom,Russell Brands, and other major industries call Bowling Green home.

Bowling Green’s high income and job growth combined with a low cost of doing business led the city to be named to Forbesmagazine’s 2009 list of the “Best Small Places for Business”.  In 2008 and 2009, the Bowling Green metropolitan area was recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top economic development community in the United States for communities with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 people.

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Lexington KY

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Expand your knowledge of the Bluegrass State with these Kentucky facts.

There’s a lot more to Kentucky than most people know. These interesting facts about Kentucky provide insight into the traditions and charm of the Bluegrass State.

State Capital of Kentucky

Frankfort became the state capital of Kentucky in 1792 after pledging more manpower toward the construction of a statehouse than any other city. During the Civil War, Frankfort was the only Union capital occupied by Confederate troops. Frankfort is located astride a double curve in the Kentucky River in the central portion of the state and the Kentucky capital city is known for having one of the most beautiful capital buildings in the country. Frankfort’s population is slightly less than 30,000.

Economy

Kentucky’s Gross State Product (GSP) during the latest reporting cycle was $156 billion. The largest industry groups, based on their contribution to the total state gross product are: manufacturing, services, government, insurance and real estate, retail trade, transportation and public utilities, wholesale trade, construction, mining, farming and agricultural services, forestry, and fisheries. For more information, please visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development web site.

Agriculture

Kentucky had 85,000 farms in 2011, according to the Kentucky field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Kentucky farm size averaged 164 acres. Horses were the leading source of farm income for Kentucky farmers, followed by broilers(chickens), cattle, tobacco, soybeans and corn. Kentucky is home to some of the world’s leading thoroughbred farms and thoroughbred auctions as well as prestigious events such as the Kentucky State Fair Horse Show and top horse museums. Kentucky still leads the nation in burley tobacco production, even though the federal tobacco price support program was discontinued in 2005. The state is second in the U.S. in total tobacco production and is in the top 20 in corn, soybeans, winter wheat, hay, barley and sorghum. Kentucky is the leading beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River and is eighth in the nation overall. Kentucky is seventh in broilers and in the top 20 in goats, dairy cows, swine and chickens other than commercial broilers. For more information about Kentucky agriculture, visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture web site.

Geography

Located in the south central United States along the west side of the Appalachian Mountains, Kentucky ranks 37th in land size, with 39,732 square miles (102,907 square kilometers). The Commonwealth is bordered by seven states: Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. The Ohio River flows 664 miles (1,068 kilometers) along the northern and western borders of the state. Kentucky’s highest point is Black Mountain in Harlan County, 4,145 feet (1,264 meters) above sea level; its lowest point, the Mississippi River in Fulton County, 257 feet (78 meters) above sea level. Natural Resources Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska. The numerous rivers and water impoundments provide 1,100 commercially navigable miles (1,770 kilometers). Kentucky has 12.7 million acres of commercial forest land – 50% of the state’s land area. The main species of trees are white oak, red oak, walnut, yellow poplar, beech, sugar maple, white ash and hickory. Kentucky ranks third among hardwood producing states. The total value of Kentucky’s mineral production in 1999 was $3.8 billion. Principal minerals and by-products produced in order of value are coal, crushed stone, natural gas and petroleum. Kentucky is the nation’s third largest coal producer – 152.4 million tons in 1996. For more information, please visit the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet web site.

Population

In 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky’s population was 4,269,245. The largest cities are listed below:

  • Louisville-Jefferson County Metro 1,556,429
  • Owensboro 55,459
  • Covington 42,235
  • Frankfort 27,322
  • Richmond 32,895
  • Paducah 25,521
  • Lexington-Fayette County 557,224
  • Bowling Green 55,097
  • Hopkinsville 32,076
  • Henderson 27,933
  • Jeffersontown 26,226

Louisville KY

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Louisville (generally pronounced Listeni/ˈləvəl/ or Listeni/ˈlʌvəl/ by natives, and Listeni/ˈlvɪl/ by others) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 30th-most populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, with the other being the state’s second-largest city of Lexington. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County.

Louisville Attractions

There’s plenty to do in a town like Louisville. So much so, we like to call ourselves “Possibility City.”

Famous for the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is steadily gaining notice for its other assets. A revitalized downtown includes an entertainment district and Riverfront Park. Woman’s Day named Louisville one of Three U.S. Cities Get Healthy, and prospective students can choose from more than 30 colleges and universities. A true arts town, Louisville boasts an orchestra, resident theater and numerous museums including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Today, the city is known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken, the University of Louisville and its Louisville Cardinals athletic teams, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and three of Kentucky’s six Fortune 500 companies.[12] Its main airport is also the site of UPS’s worldwide air hub.

Economy

Named the “14th Best City for Business and Careers”.

Louisville today is home to dozens of companies and organizations across several industrial classifications. However, the underpinning of the city’s economy since it earliest days has been the shipping and cargo industries. Louisville’s importance to the shipping industry continues today with the presence of the Worldport global air-freight hub forUPS at Louisville International Airport. Recently, Louisville has emerged as a major center for the health care and medical sciences industries. It has been central to advancements in heart and hand surgery, as well as cancer treatment.

Louisville for a long time was also home to the Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company, at its peak one of the largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of hardware in the United States, as well as Brown & Williamson, the third-largest company in the tobacco industry before merging with R. J. Reynolds in 2004 to form the Reynolds American Company. Additionally, Louisville is a major center of the American whiskey industry, with about one-third of all bourbon coming from Louisville.

Louisville also prides itself in its large assortment of small, independent businesses and restaurants, some of which have become known for their ingenuity and creativity. In 1926, the Brown Hotel became the home of the Hot Brown “sandwich”. A few blocks away, the Seelbach Hotel, which F. Scott Fitzgerald references in The Great Gatsby, is also famous for a secret back room where Al Capone would regularly meet with associates during the Prohibition era. The drink the Old Fashionedwas invented in Louisville’s Pendennis Club.

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