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The Southern city of Louisville was deemed one of the “Best Places to Travel” by Travel + Leisure. It’s a mix of classy and cool and is also home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby, an annual horse racing event.
The city lies on the border of Indiana.
Louisville is about 1.5 times as large as Lexington, which is located 80 miles away. It’s four times the size of Cincinnati, which is situated 83 miles to the north.
Louisville experiences temperatures of 88°F in July and around 25°F in January. The city enjoys roughly 195 sunny days yearly, while snowfall in a typical winter is close to 12 inches.
The mild climate, low cost of living and proximity to other large cities, like Cincinnati, are some of the pros of living in Louisville.
On the flipside, the city’s air pollution can be a bit of a nuisance. Stagnant air lingers over the Ohio River Valley, thereby trapping pollution from nearby power plants and automobile emissions. Environmental Defense listed the city’s air quality as the 38th worst in the country.
Living in Louisville costs 27% less than the rest of the country.
Utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment cost $146.70 per month, which is just below the national average.
A three-course dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant is priced at $68.33, on average, while a regular cappuccino costs around $4.60.
The Transit Authority River City bus line provides the city’s public transportation. Passes cost $15 for 10 and discounts are available to students, seniors and disabled individuals. A 30-day pass costs $50, while express routes are $85.
The average rent for an apartment in Louisville is $1,011 per month.
The average apartment size in Louisville is 936 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Louisville ranges between $520 and $2,154 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Louisville ranges between $575 and $3,128 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Louisville ranges between $597 and $6,419 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Louisville ranges between $700 and $3,339 per month.
The city was listed among the “Top 10 Cities for Jobs” by Glassdoor. The downtown medical research center greatly contributes to employment and the economy of the city. Shipping, healthcare and medicine are some of the largest industries, which include UPS’ global air freight and Humana health insurance.
One-third of American-made whisky comes from Louisville’s two prominent distilleries: Brown-Forman and Heaven Hill. Craft breweries are also on the rise in the city. GE Appliances & Lighting is headquartered in the city. Other large companies that are located in Louisville include Ford plants, Yum! Brands, Hillerich & Bradsby (the makers of the Louisville Slugger) and Crosley Radio.
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Louisville has some of the best public schools in the state. US News & World Report’s “Best Schools” ranking listed Louisville’s Dupont Manual High School as 1st in the state and 154th in the country. Meanwhile, Atherton High School is #8, Brown School is #9 and the Louisville Male High School is #12 in Kentucky.
Some of the most prominent colleges in the city are the University of Louisville, Boyce College, Spalding University and Bellarmine University. Plenty of two-year technical and business schools can also be found here.
AARP Travel named the city the #1 “Best U.S. City to Visit.”
Churchill Downs is home of the renowned Kentucky Derby horse races. Two weeks before the derby actually kicks off, the Kentucky Derby Festival attracts quite a crowd with its parades, hot air balloon races, marathon run and the Great Steamboat Race. The iconic event starts with the Thunder Over Louisville, the largest fireworks display in the U.S. The annual Abbey Road on the River is a five-day festival and the biggest celebration of the Beatles in the world. The Forecastle Festival is a music and art festival attracting various artists and a crowd of more than 35,000. The Kentucky State Fair is held every summer, while the Kentucky Bourbon Festival celebrates the city’s favorite drink.
Time Magazine praised the city for having one of “America’s Best Music Scenes.”
Cultural attractions in Louisville are plentiful, with the city serving as home to the largest and oldest art museum in the country — the Speed Art Museum — which features more than 12,000 pieces. West Main District downtown is home to “Museum Row,” which features the Frazier History Museum; the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft; and the Muhammad Ali Center, home to plenty of the famous boxer’s memorabilia. Theater fans will surely appreciate the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. The city is also home to the Kentucky Opera, the Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Orchestra and StageOne Family Theater.
The Kentucky Science Center, with its hands-on exhibits, is fantastic for kids. Baseball lovers will enjoy the Louisville Slugger Museum, while skateboarding fans will surely appreciate the 24-hour Louisville Extreme Park, designed by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk. The Renaissance Fun Park — with its laser tag, mini golf and go-karts — is another preferred family attraction. It’s complimented by the Community Boathouse — which offers canoeing, kayaking and rowing opportunities — and the Iroquois Park, which offers a serene setting to enjoy a myriad of events held in the outdoor amphitheater.
USA Today named Louisville as the second-best local food scene in the U.S.
Despite not having any pro sports teams, Louisville still attracts large crowds to the Louisville Slugger Field — where the Class AAA Louisville Bats baseball team plays — and to the Derby City Soccer and Louisville City FC soccer matches held in the city.
According to Kentucky’s rental law, a landlord can end your lease if your rent is overdue by seven days. Also, keep in mind that you must notify your landlord if you wish to leave the rental for seven days or more, even if it’s to go on vacation. If you decline to do so, you’re liable for any damage during the period you were away. If your rental is left empty for more than seven days, the landlord can enter the premises without prior notification, even if it’s not an emergency.