Although technically located in a Southern state, Louisville is influenced by both Midwestern and Southern cultures, and is commonly referred to as either the northernmost Southern city or the southernmost Northern city in the United States. Homes for rent in the largest city in Kentucky have something to offer for families of all shapes and sizes.
Named after King Louis XVI of France for his assistance in the Revolutionary War, Louisville is full of original attractions. The Louisville metropolitan area has an estimated population of more than 1 million people, is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the country, and has been ranked in the Top 10 safest large cities in the country. The largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States and the third-largest historically preserved district in the United States is located in Old Louisville.
Louisville is unique in its ability to produce famous people. Just a few examples are inventor Thomas Edison, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders and TV anchor Diane Sawyer. Also, athletes Phil Simms and Mohammad Ali, as well as actors Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, all come from Louisville.
Louisville offers many diverse options of things to see and do, most notably the world-famous Churchill Downs, a racetrack that hosts the oldest continuously run sporting event in the United States, the Kentucky Derby. Fourth Street Live! is Louisville's $70 million entertainment district, and has revitalized downtown, adding a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues.
Caesars Indiana, just a short drive from Louisville, offers world-class gaming action for every level of player. Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center is a vast, 350,000-sq.-ft. center being renovated into more than 200 artist studios, storefront specialty retail and galleries.
No other river steamboat in American history has lasted as long, been to as many places, or traveled as many miles as the Belle of Louisville, a National Historic Landmark. Located in the heart of Louisville's downtown cultural arts district is the Frazier International History Museum. There is also the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Louisville Science Center & IMAX Theatre, the Louisville Zoo (1,300 animals on 134 acres), and Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, featuring more than 110 rides and attractions.
Formal or fast, Louisville has more than 2,500 restaurants that are always in great taste. From burgers to burgoo, grits to gorgonzola, and fries to foccacia, there is something for every desire.
Shopping possibilities in Greater Louisville are as limitless as your imagination. For the shopping enthusiast there are several major shopping malls. For antique lovers, there are shops with amazing finds, ranging from jewelry to furniture to collectibles, scattered throughout the community. The Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue areas are loaded with antique shops, art galleries and unique boutiques. Louisville Metro has 122 city parks that cover more than 14,000 acres. Eighty-five acres comprise Louisville's Waterfront Park.
Sports are very popular in greater Louisville, with an enormous following for the Cardinals of the University of Louisville. The University of Kentucky, located in nearby Lexington, also has a large following in Louisville. The basketball rivalry between these two is widely considered one of the most heated in the country.
Horse racing is also a major attraction. But besides that, there is the World's Championship Horse Show. Louisville is also the home of Valhalla Golf Club, which hosted the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championships, the 2004 Senior PGA Championships, and the 2008 Ryder Cup. Louisville is also home to one of the top skateparks in the U.S., Louisville Extreme Park.
Louisville offers unique and diverse educational opportunities. Beginning with the University of Louisville, there is also the RETS Institute of Technology, Southern Baptist Seminary, Spalding University, ITT Technical Institute, Jefferson Community College, Sullivan University, Ottawa University and Presbyterian Seminary.
Louisville is a great place to start, expand or relocate a business of any size. Louisville has the fifth busiest cargo airport in the United States. There are 12 carriers that the Louisville International Airport offers. It's the 10th busiest airport in the world, with an average of 100 daily departures, and is located approximately 6.75 miles south of the downtown area.
Tourism generates $200 million in state and local taxes annually, and 26,000 jobs are supported by the tourism industry in Jefferson County. The economic impact of direct visitor spending in Jefferson County is $1.1 billion. Many great businesses either call Louisville home, or have a strong presence, like American Printing House for the Blind, the largest printer of Braille material in the world. Also, Humana Inc., Yum Brands Inc., Kindred Healthcare Inc., Brown-Foreman Corporation, and Papa John's International are headquartered in Louisville.
Others include Ford Motor Company, with 2 plants; GE Consumer Products; and Beach Mold and Tool Inc. The downtown business district is located immediately south of the Ohio River, and southeast of the Falls of Ohio. Major roads extend outwards from the downtown area to all directions, like the spokes of a wheel. Recently, Louisville has emerged as a major center for the health care and medical science industries.
Most of the residential areas of the city are located to the southwest, south and east of downtown. There is a neighborhood for every budget, family size, culture and need. Rentals.com offers listings for rental homes throughout Louisville. There are numerous new developments as well as classic and historical options. Whether you're looking for a single-family rental house or a loft, Louisville offers original opportunities, settings and styles.
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