We weren’t sure whether we should let the secret out of the bag, but something this good must be shared. Louisville, a mid-sized city, located in the north part of the state, along the Ohio River at the Indiana border, is emerging as one of the best places to live and work, and instead of keeping it a secret, we are shouting it from the rooftops.
Home to the Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali, and world-class companies like UPS, General Electric, and Humana, as well as iconic brands such a KFC, Louisville Slugger, and Maker’s Mark, it is no doubt that this ever-growing city is getting better and better. Louisville is a modern metropolitan area that is steeped in tradition. Each of the neighborhoods within the city offers uniqueness, and the people who live here are super proud of their city.
In 2019, CNBC included Louisville in their top ten cities with the happiest workers. BestPlaces.Net states that the unemployment rate is less than the country average and that Louisville is experiencing positive future job growth. In addition, the cost of living in Louisville is significantly lower than the national average, offering an affordable housing market.
If that isn’t enough, here are a few of the top reasons why you want to live and work in and around Louisville.
Place for Families
Louisville is the perfect place for families. Not only is it a lovely city with southern charm, but it has so much to offer when it comes to schools, child and family-friendly activities, a lower cost of living, and a multitude of career opportunities.
Louisville has a number of kid-friendly activities, from the Zoo, Kentucky Science Center, Joe Huber Family Farm, Muhammad Ali Center, and more. In addition, Louisville offers a plethora of activities for the littles. There are many youth sports leagues, including football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and cheerleading.
Louisville has some great schools that range from public, to private, to magnet, to charter schools, something for everyone!
Getting Outdoors in Louisville
For those that love the great outdoors, you should feel right at home in Louisville. Louisville has some of the most parkland per capita in the country, with over 15,000 acres. How about taking a walk through Cherokee Park or maybe a run through Waterfront Park? Biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, and more are available close to home. There is something for everyone, including David Armstrong Extreme Park for the daredevil. Louisville can have some cold, snowy winters, but the summers make it all worth it. Louisville enjoys all four seasons of weather.
Louisville also offers some amazing hunting and fishing options. There are 16 hunting and fishing clubs in the greater Louisville area.
Additionally, during the warmer months, there are several different options for spending time on the water boating. Kentucky has some amazing lakes that are easy to get to from the Louisville area, including Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake, and Lake Cumberland.
Location, Location, Location
One of the reasons why people love living in Louisville is the convenience. The average drive to work for individuals living in the Louisville area is 25 minutes. What’s more, with Louisville being in the middle of the United States, you can drive to major nearby cities within a day, including Indianapolis, St. Louis, and more! The Louisville area offers something for everyone, country living, city life, and suburban towns.
There are several charming towns just minutes outside of Louisville and are all family-friendly. For example, there’s La Grange with plenty of rural areas for hunting or spending time on a hiking trail. Keep your eyes peeled if you go for a hike for some of Kentucky’s natural waterfalls. Bardstown, Elizabethtown, and Bloomfield are also great options if you’re looking for a home or things to do on the weekend.
Dining Out is Always an Adventure
One of the best things about living and working in the Louisville area is that you will always have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of culinary options. According to Best Chef’s of America’s Ultimate Guide to Chefs, Louisville has nineteen highly recommended chefs and its share of James Beard award-winning culinary geniuses. Louisville’s culinary options include several locally owned and operated establishments ranging from food trucks, farm-to-table, coffee shops, bars & breweries to high-end restaurants. Many of these are proud to support local farmers, growers, bourbon makers, and breweries with their “Kentucky Proud” distinction. Some of the places you definitely want to check out are 610 Magnolia, Blue Dog Bakery Cafe, Proof on Main, Decca, and of course, The Brown Hotel for the iconic Hot Brown.
And then there is the bourbon. Ahhh, the Bourbon. Rumor has it that there are more barrels of bourbon than there are people. The birthplace of this wonderful spirit is a massive source of pride. Here we not only drink it but also distill it, age it, eat it, and honor it. There is no better way to experience bourbon than spending time on the Bourbon Trail, experiencing distilleries like Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses Distillery, Stitzel-Weller, and Buffalo Trace.
Music, Sports, and Entertainment is Vibrant in Louisville
If you are a connoisseur of the arts and a lover of music, then Louisville is the place. You can enjoy the many fine art options like the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet Humana Festival of Plays, Kentucky Shakespeare, The Iroquois Amphitheater, and many more venues and events in Louisville. We can’t forget that Louisville offers many renowned visual arts outlets as well. You can even explore local galleries via a hop-on, hop-off trolley.
If music is your jam, then Louisville has that covered too. With over 130 live venues to choose from and multiple music festivals like Forecastle, Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond, there is always an opportunity to enjoy live music.
We may be known for the most famous horse race globally, but did you know that we offer so much for the sports enthusiast? We are home to the Louisville Cardinals, PGA Championship golf course, Valhalla Golf Club, and our Louisville City FC soccer club.
Louisville also offers several free community-hosted events for everyone to enjoy.
You Want To Be One Of Us
Louisville offers its residents a complete sense of community. People are friendly, caring, fun and legitimately look out for one another. If making a difference in your community is essential to you, Louisville offers endless opportunities to get involved. Louisville may have many city life qualities, but it still has a small-town feel. Louisville is a very close-knit community that makes it a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Are you looking to move to the Louisville area? Our team would love to talk with you about the many career opportunities available at East & Westbrook. Connect with us today.
East & Westbrook Construction Co. Inc. has worked with commercial and industrial clients for more than 40 years to solve their most challenging construction problems. Through strategic partnership and calculated growth, we now offer our clients a wide variety of construction services both regionally and nationally. Today, 80% of our projects come from repeat customers. Our foundation is built on safety, quality and performance. Lastly, East & Westbrook was awarded by Louisville Business First the Best Place to Work Award. For more information about starting your next project or joining our team, call 502-222-0303.