Tips For Moving To Kentucky

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has desirable housing and activities in communities of all sizes plus state government provides online help for relocation.

The 120 counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky have a population of slightly over 4 million, according to the 2000 census.

Near the borders of Virginia and West Virginia are the mountains of eastern Kentucky, with water streaming through rock-strewn gorges. Forests cover over 40% of the state, and much of this land is where the Appalachian Mountains lie on the border of Kentucky. Because of the natural terrain, economic development has been challenged. Likewise, housing is not as plentiful here as in other parts of the state. Cities in this region include Hazard, Harlan, Richmond, and Ashland.

Northern Kentucky communities are part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area and are therefore more closely related to Ohio than other Kentucky areas. The Cincinnati International Airport, which is located in northern Kentucky, has helped this region expand rapidly. Covington, Florence, and Newport are cities in this region.



The Bluegrass Region lies in central Kentucky near Lexington, the commonwealth's second largest city. Winding rural roads still offer spectacular views of majestic racehorses surrounded by white fences as they graze on bluegrass. While Lexington today is a cosmopolitan city in every way, it was once known as the "Athens of the West" for its culture and charm. It still takes pride in its historic neighborhoods with homes reminiscent of this era. Sale prices of these older homes are usually determined by desirability of location, size, and amount of major renovations completed by previous owners. Many types of housing in a variety of price ranges are readily available in this burgeoning city which is home to the University of Kentucky.

Louisville, the commonwealth's economic and cultural leader, is across the Ohio River from Indiana. Originally settled by immigrants who came from Ireland, Scotland, and Germany during the 1800s, the Victorian homes with iron fences and stained glass windows in Old Louisville, Butchertown, Crescent Hill, and the Highlands reflect this heritage. Sale prices of these older homes again depend on location, square footage and condition. Many types of newer housing are also available throughout this thriving community, especially in the east end.

About an hour north of the Tennessee border is the heart of Kentucky's cave country. Bowling Green and Owensboro are bustling mid size cities in this region.

Landlocked Kentucky has three large lakes in the western part of the state near the Missouri and Illinois borders. A project designed by the Tennessee Valley Authority to control flooding and harness energy several decades ago has now given Kentucky some of its major geographical features and recreational opportunities. Paducah is the largest city in western Kentucky.

Kentuckians love to have fun. Sports interests are largely based on college athletics at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky as well as horse racing at Churchill Downs in Louisville and Lexington's Keeneland Race Course. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a plethera of activities in the state parks and city parks in larger communities. Boating, fishing, and other water activities are very popular in warmer months. There are also fine drama performances in communities statewide. Another source of enjoyment is volunteering for worthwhile community projects.

When you decide to move to Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky's official website has a lot of valuable information. The Kentucky Housing Corporation offers assistance for first time home buyers as well as people who need rental assistance. There's a link to the Kentucky Board of Realtors whose members will help you select a home or rental property in the Kentucky community of your choice in an ethical manner. Details are also online about important issues in selecting a home, such as utilities, school districts, and property taxes. Once you move, find out who your legislators are and register to vote online. You can also print out information needed for obtaining a Kentucky driver's license and license plate or sign up for the state's telemarketing "no call" list.

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