About Louisville KY
Founded in 1778, Louisville is named for King Louis XVI of France. Our city colors are blue and gold; our city flower is the fleur-de-lis.
Louisville KY is located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River between St. Louis and Cincinnati, within a day's drive of half of the population of the United States, and strategically located at the intersection of I-65, I-64, and I-71.
The metropolitan area of Louisville is comprised of Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana. The area totals a population of approximately one million.
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Louisville offers more than ten thousand hotel and motel rooms throughout the city. The majority of rooms are clustered in three convenient locations: downtown, the airport area, and the east end.
The climate offers four distinct seasons with average summer temperatures of 88 degrees and average winter temperatures of 48 degrees. The annual precipitation is 43 inches per year.
Why are so many businesses setting up shop in Louisville? No doubt it is because of the same factors that have earned Louisville KY its ranking as one of the ten best places to live in North America. To start with, Louisville Kentucky houses are affordable. The area also enjoys a stable economy, good schools, low unemployment rate, and a moderate climate. A 1996 study, which tracked labor costs, energy costs, office rents, and state and local taxes, gave Louisville the rating of fourth lowest cost of doing business of America's 100 largest cities.
The presence of the United Parcel Service at Louisville's International Airport offers another important advantage. As the area's largest employer, UPS is a mainstay of the local economy. Distribution, manufacturing and repair operations have discovered that being located near the UPS gives them a leg up on their competition.
It is hard to beat Louisville's combination of air, water, rail and highway connections. Louisville International Airport is the fourth busiest cargo airport in the U.S; the Ohio River allows inexpensive barge deliveries of coal, oil, timber, and other resources; the area is served by five railroads, and is the meeting point of highways 65,64, and 71.
There is so much to do in Louisville Kentucky
Kids and families will love the Louisville Kentucky Zoo. The wide selection of unsual animals including the polar bears and cubs, make for a delightful outing. Take a picnic and enjoy a day at the zoo.
Water sports, including fishing, skiing and sailing, are popular on the Ohio River and in area lakes and streams from May through September. Extensive park systems provide opportunities to participate in nearly every popular sport.
Water sports, including fishing, skiing and sailing, are popularon the Ohio River and in area lakes and streams from May through September. Extensive park systems provide opportunities to participate in nearly every popular sport.
Despite a relatively mild climate, winter sports are also popular. Two nearby ski resorts use artificial snow machines to produce snow for skiing. Two indoor rinks offer ice skating. Three parks, the historic Shawnee, Iroquois, and Cherokee, form the main beads in a necklace of parks and parkways that surround Louisville on three sides.
In 1996, Time magazine went so far as to suggest that, "from now on, maybe Broadway should be called 'off-Louisville.'" The arts scene is bubbling and the Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, (the nation's oldest united arts campaign, which supports eighteen arts groups and programs), even raised more than five million dollars in its 1996 campaign. Fundraising drives provide ongoing support to the Actor's Theatre, the Kentucky Arts and Craft Foundation, the Kentucky Opera, and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Over the past decade, Greater Louisville has seen a three hundred percent increase in arts-fund donors and revenues. The arts pump more than eighty million dollars into the local economy each year. About 350,000 schoolchildren from across Kentucky attend art events each year. More than 200,000 people attend nearly five hundred Actors Theatre performances each year. Actors Theatre is one of the most highly regarded regional theatres in the nation. The Louisville Ballet has one of the nation's highest per-capita subscriber bases.
Kosair Children's Hospital and the University of Louisville Hospital are both located in the heart of Louisville's downtown medical center, a 24 square block area that contains six hospitals.
Regional health care costs are about seven percent lower than the national average. Internationally recognized work is being done in the fields of spinal disease, organ transplants, cancer research, microcirculatory research, and hand surgery. Health care accounts for more than 45,000 jobs in the metropolitan area.
Check out these links for more information:
- Yahoo: Louisville
- Churchill Downs: Home of the Kentucky Derby
- University of Louisville
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