Moving to Kentucky?
Fabulous choice! It may be known for bourbon and horseracing, but there’s a whole lot more to find in the Bluegrass State. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant university town, some solitude in the state’s forests, waterfalls, and caves, or simply a taste of Southern culture, you’ll find it in Kentucky.
And before you ask, there’s more than just fried chicken, thoroughbreds, and mint juleps in Kentucky. It’s got a unique culture all its own, from the search for the perfect Kentucky Hot Brown (it’s not just a sandwich, it’s an experience!) and burgoo, to a Southern slang unlike anything else in the region, to abundant wildlife and outdoor experiences.
Best of all? Kentucky is affordable. With a cost of living well below the national average, you can stretch your dollars a long way in Kentucky. While the median income in Kentucky is also below the national average, the low cost of living (and all the cultural and natural beauty) isn’t a bad trade-off.
Median Age: 39
Median Household Income: $48,375
Diversity (approximate): White (non-Hispanic): 86.3%; Black/African American: 7.8%; Hispanic or Latino (any race): 3.1%; Asian: 1.1%; Native American 0.2%.
Annual High Temperature: 65.3F
Annual Low Temperature: 42F
Average Annual Temperature: 53.6F
Average annual precipitation -- rainfall: 43.6 in
Median property value: $145,100
Top Cities: Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Owensboro
Jobs and Commutes
Major Industries: Agriculture, automobile assembly, healthcare, restaurant and dining, energy fuel production.
Largest Employers: Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Yum! Brands, Humana, Toyota, Kindred Healthcare
Average Commute: 22.4 minutes
Major Roadways: I-24, I-64, I-65, I-165
Public Transit: Some cities have buses and rail available. Kentucky is very much a car culture, with the average household owning 2 cars.
Things to Do
Go to the horse races!
Take in a college basketball or football game
Explore the cave network
Spend time in the forests, lake, waterfalls, and parks
Visit Mammoth Cave National Park
Eat barbecue -- which means mutton in Kentucky!
Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum
Go on a distillery tour
Take in a Derby party
Kentucky Moving Resources