Louisville, Kentucky

Southern Comfort with Midwest Practicality

Louisville is a place with no labels. It’s not the South, it’s not Chicago, and you don’t think of it as you think of New York or LA. It has some Southern romanticism to it, but also a Northern progressivism.
-Jim James

The Best Thing About Louisville?

The food and drinks!

While Louisville may best be known by outsiders as March Madness heaven, Louisville is low key a foodie town. While the tourists are 100% going to be downtown on the main drag, you’ll find a ton of amazing restaurants and drink spots even just off the downtown scene. Nulu, or “New Louisville” is best known for its growing number of local restaurants. Or if Farmer’s Markets are your thing, hit up Douglass Loop on a Saturday with friends!

Summary review of Louisville from a local:
We have many things to do from free to some cost. Great parks (all free) to walk, jog, ride a bike, play ball (basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.) A walking bridge (free) with great views of the Ohio River.) Great museums (at a “reasonable” cost.) Fabulous restaurants (varied in type of food and cost.) One can get almost anywhere in the city in short time (unless it is a busy street during “rush hour” and even then it is not awful. Louisville is fascinating, friendly and reasonably cost wise. It is a great place to visit with children (so much to see and do,) loved ones or alone.

The Worst Thing About Louisville?

Almost no walkability.

Unless you live in “walker’s paradise,” AKA the central business district, you’ll need a car. Almost all residents in Louisville rely on their own transportation, and parking downtown for a night out can be expensive and a headache to find on a busy night.

Local's pov on public transportation in Louisville:
Public transportation in louisville is terrible, often late, and difficult to make connections. Poorly planned and pretty poorly implemented, use only as last resort.

Lifestyle of Louisville

Louisville is often described as a dense suburb and for valid reasons in regards to both the good and the bad. A plethora of parks, the aforementioned emphasis on local restaurants and bars as centers of social life, and moderate politics are also representative of that suburban atmosphere. Sprawl is a downside, and so is the fact that there’s not too much to do socially in addition to those restaurants and bars. While the weather is notorious for oscillating between 90 and humid and 36 and rainy, people in Louisville are generally regarded as friendly and hospitable.

In addition to these staples of suburbia, Louisville has a number of amenities that living in a normal suburb does not afford. Louisville is the home of iconic world sports sites like the famous Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and is where March Madness has been historically held. Louisville is also known for its live music, and, of course, it's bourbon. Be sure to hit up a festival and try some of Kentucky’s favorite whiskey if you do ever move in or are simply passing through.

If you're interested in seeing what locals get up to in Louisville check out the calendar of events: https://www.gotolouisville.com/events-calendar/

Workstyle of Louisville

The Louisville area is home to a surprising number of large companies that you probably didn’t know were located there if you aren’t from Louisville. Texas Roadhouse and Yum! Brands (which operates brands such as KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) are both headquartered in the area, and Papa Johns is just a quick hop over the Ohio River in Jefferson, Indiana. If you can’t see yourself working in big food, that’s alright, because large healthcare companies like Humana and Kindred Healthcare, as well as a wide variety of new companies popping up downtown provide a diverse range of options for Louisvillians. Most people in the Louisville area work in person and commute via car. Housing prices are well under the national average, so families and young professionals alike tend to live in larger and more comfortable situations than they would be able to in larger metropolitan areas.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Underrated

Louisville, besides being underrated as a foodie town, is just underrated in general. It has a lower cost of living and a quaint college-town feel. Settle in, grab a Hot Brown and let’s do this!