Kentucky is famous for many things, from Daniel Boone to world-class horses, tobacco farms to fine bourbon, and, of course, for the place where those world-class horses race, the Kentucky Derby. Its natural beauty makes it a choice destination for tourists as well as newcomers looking for affordable houses and apartment rentals.
Kentucky's economy and reputation are spread out over a handful of interesting industries. It is known for distilling Bourbon whiskey and for the breeding of thoroughbred racehorses. Kentucky is second to North Carolina in the production of tobacco, which has long been the state's chief crop. Other farm products are also important, as well as electrical equipment, food products, automobiles, nonelectrical machinery, chemicals and apparel. Printing and publishing as well as tourism have also become important industries.
Kentucky is a pleasant place to live for many reasons. The climate is generally mild, with few extremes of heat and cold. Its 4 million residents enjoy a vast array of state parks and natural attractions, including lakes, hardwood forests, waterfalls and caves. Oh yes, and don't forget the bluegrass, which gave the state its official nickname. Bluegrass isn't actually blue&mdahs;it's green&mdahs;but in the spring it produces bluish-purple buds that when seen in large fields make the grasss appear blue. The state's cost of living is 92.3% of the national average, with housing at 82%, making affordable apartments a relatively easy thing to come by.
The city of Lexington, populated by 226,000 residents, has plenty to offer newcomers. As the "Horse Capital of the World," the city is proud of it Kentucky Horse Park, a showcase of museums, galleries, theaters and working farm exhibits with more than 45 breeds of horses. Lexington is also the home of the University of Kentucky, which has a 670-acre campus located just south of downtown. You'll enjoy four distince seasons here that include comfortable breezes, moderate temperatures in the summer, and no prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind or snow. Lexington's crime consistently ranks below the national average, as does its cost of living, which is 13% below the national average. Apartments for rent are plentiful and moderately priced with two-bedroom apartments going for about $500 a month.
With a population of 250,000 and growing, Louisville is a town on the move. In fact, it has been documented as experiencing the largest population gain of any city in the U.S. in the past year. Home to the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuously held horse race in the country, Louisville is a city that knows how to have fun. From museums and professional opera to children's theater and sports, there's entertainment to suit every taste. Louisville enjoys a cost of living 11% below the national average, with apartment rentals one of the most affordable necessities of life. Prices of apartments depend on which area of the city you prefer; Greater Louisville East averages $1,100, Downtown Louisville averages $585, the Southeast averages $750, the South averages $550, the West averages $580, and greater Southern Indiana averages $600.
Full of historic homes, museums and historical sites from Daniel Boone's grave to a 1910 Frank Lloyd Wright house, Frankfort is considered one of the most picturesque state capitals in the nation. With a population of 27,000, it's Kentucky's ninth largest city, and it has plenty to offer its residents. Views of the Kentucky river, interesting museums, famous landmarks, unique shopping and a wide variety of architectural styles make this a great place to look for apartments for rent.