By Brian Wallace
Louisville, chartered by King Louis XVI in 1780, has long been one of the best cities in the country to move to. Whether because it’s a hub for a number of different sports and the Derby, for its extensive history or its proximity to all the major cities across the east coast, Louisville has options for everyone looking to settle down, ramp up or start a new chapter of life.
Louisville is famous for its many teams reaching across different sports. The Kentucky Colonels, considered one of America’s greatest ABA teams, won the most games in the history of the American Basketball Association. The Louisville Bats, the Racing Louisville Football Club and the Louisville City FC are all nationally recognized professional teams in their respective sports. The Louisville Cardinals are beloved college teams in football, baseball and basketball, having won 3 NCAA championships. Last but definitely not least, the Kentucky Derby is widely known across the country, called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” and is the longest running sporting event, dating all the way back to 1875.
Louisville has also been the home of a number of famous and historic individuals since its founding centuries ago. One of the most famous and important figures in sports of the entire 20th century is Muhammad Ali, nicknamed “the Greatest” and is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Famous actors such as Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lawrence have also spent time living in Louisville. A number of historical figures have also lived in Louisville, such Thomas Edison and Louis Brandeis, the latter of which being an instrumental figure in shaping the modern American legal system.
Additionally, Louisville is the home of international food brands, such as YUM Brands, which contains KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, as well as Long John Silver’s, and Papa John’s. Louisville also produces over 95% of the world’s bourbon and is credited with the creation of the cheeseburger by Carl Kaelin in 1934. Strangely enough, the largest and only disco ball maker in the world, Omega Mirror Products, is also based in Louisville, contributing to the city’s slogan: “Keep Louisville Weird”.
Economically, Louisville is an incredible place to live as it easily reaches the entire east coast of the US, or over two thirds of the population. Louisville also is home to the UPS International Air Hub, enabling the region to be a logistical hub for everything shipping, logistics, warehousing, transportation and manufacturing. Louisville also has had $22.8 billion in projects that have been announced, started or finished since 2014. It also has an incredibly low cost of living compared to many other cities, with housing and utilities only costing around 75% of the national average.
Another reason that makes Louisville such a good place to move to is its mild climate. With nearly 200 sunny days per year, only 9 inches of snow a year, alongside highs that aren’t too high and lows that aren’t too low, Louisville has a perfect climate for outdoor activities.
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Brian Wallace is the founder and president of NowSourcing, a infographic design agency based in Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, and works with companies that range from small business to Fortune 500. Wallace also runs a local event to make the Louisville/Cincinnati region more competitive (#thinkbig).