One of the advantages most new residents notice immediately is the comparatively low cost of living in contrast to the exceptional quality of life. Major hospitals and medical centers dot the region, providing state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment in a caring and compassionate setting. Within the City of Louisville are respected institutions like Baptist Hospital East, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Norton Hospitals, the University of Louisville Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Those who settle in the counties surrounding Louisville will find a leading healthcare facility close to home, including Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Jewish Hospital-Shelbyville, Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, and Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
Metropolitan Louisville serves as a leading center for education, home to a quality public education system, a wide selection of private schools, and several institutions of higher education. An affordable start on a four-year degree or specialized training is available at two-year institutions that include Elizabethtown Community College, Jefferson Community College, Jefferson Technical College, and Elizabethtown Technical College. Seven institutions of higher education in the metropolitan area allow students attending any one of the schools to access the educational resources of all consortium members. Indiana and Kentucky have also developed a reciprocal tuition agreement between institutions of higher education in participating counties. On every level of education in Metropolitan Louisville, nationally recognized reform initiatives, innovation, cooperation, and a commitment to excellence are evident.
Regardless of your age or your interests, the Louisville metropolitan area presents a kaleidoscope of diversions and attractions. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom boasts some of the world’s fastest roller coasters, while the adjacent Hurricane Bay Water Park guarantees cool thrills on summer days. The highly acclaimed four-acre Louisville Zoo continues to develop and expand, recently adding an impressive $12 million Gorilla Forest exhibit. Louisville Slugger Museum is the proud home of the world’s largest bat, and the Louisville Science Center has added a new $7.6 million exhibit called “The World Within Us” to an already impressive array of interactive displays.
Symphony, orchestra, chorus, ballet, opera, Broadway shows, theatre, comedy, family programming, and art films are all a part of the rich cultural scene in Metropolitan Louisville. Unique attractions like Louisville Glassworks, “Stephen Foster” The Musical, or the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest attract visitors from around the region and across the nation. Taking advantage of the city’s panoramic riverfront location, The Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson vessels invite residents and visitors to relax on river tours or “floating” dinner cruises.
Equestrians will obviously find a paradise in Central Kentucky, home of Churchill downs, the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Horse Park in nearby Lexington, and numerous stables and horse farms. Sports fans will also enjoy cheering on The Bats at one of the nation’s finest minor league ballparks or catching the arena football thrills with the Louisville Fire. For a different kind of gaming, Caesar’s Indiana is just a 20-minute drive from downtown Louisville and claims the status of being one of the largest floating casinos in the country. Throughout the metropolitan region are state parks and forests, nature preserves, state recreation areas, exquisite gardens, and sports facilities of every kind to encourage and support an active lifestyle. Wherever you choose to settle in this panoramic region, the friendliness of your new neighbors is sure to create a warm “hometown” feeling.
Civic and hobby groups are abundant in urban areas as well as in smaller towns, giving new residents a chance to become immediately involved in the community. Newcomers will find a housing selection that is as diverse as it is attractive. One of the benefits of property ownership in this area is the availability of expansive lots and high-end custom homes at a much lower cost than comparable real estate in other metropolitan areas. From internationally famous Kentucky Derby excitement to exquisite gardens and picturesque riverfront, vibrant Louisville combines with its surrounding counties to ensure an unsurpassed quality of life that grows richer with each passing year.