Louisville has a history much richer than one might imagine: gorgeous eighteenth-century buildings are found throughout the downtown area, named after King Louis the Fourteenth of France by an early American explorer.

Influenced by both Midwestern and Southern culture, this city is situated in a key area along the Ohio River and the Indiana border. It hosts the world-renowned Kentucky Derby, called the most famous two minutes in sports, which brings in equestrian fans and spectators from all over the country every May.

Hot neighborhoods in Louisville mix culture and history, with a variety of activities offered throughout town. The West Main District is known to locals as “Museum Row,” including the Frazier International History Museum, the Louisville Science Center and IMAX, and the Speed Art Museum, the oldest and largest in Kentucky.  In conjunction with the University of Louisville, the Speed is just one part of a large and multifaceted university atmosphere.

According to a study done by Morgan Quitno Press, Louisville is ranked as one of the safest cities in the country, with half of the violent crime rates of surrounding U.S. cities. Most recently, it has become a central location for both health care and the medical science industry, with a booming job market in these and related fields. Also, nearly one-third of all bourbon whiskey is made in Louisville, with world-famous Kentucky whiskey and major related industries around the city. Home to the famous Louisville Slugger Museum, this city has a diverse history that results in a strong job sector and thriving tourism.

There are at least seven different pronunciations for Louisville, but one thing’s certain: it can always accurately be called one of the most unique cities along the Ohio River.


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