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Meet the 3 Counties of Northern Kentucky

If you're moving to Northern Kentucky, you've got a range of great choices within the region. Let's explore what makes each county great.

By Livability on February 16, 2022

Braxton Brewing Company’s rooftop patio in Covington, KY
Michael D. Tedesco

Looking for a place to call home that suits your career requirements, housing needs, personality, interests and recreation requirements? Good news! Northern Kentucky boasts three counties, each with its own unique offerings and vibes. One is sure to meet your list of requirements. Let’s explore each of them and find a match! 

Kenton County

More than 169,000 people call Kenton County home, and it’s easy to see why. The average home value is $211,457 (Zillow, August 2021), and the area houses five school districts, accommodating students from the rural/southern to the urban/northern portions of the county. Thanks to its variety of settings, residents can choose to live a quiet, peaceful life out in the country, or a lively, “where the action is” kind of life in the city. Thomas More University and Gateway Community & Technical College are located in the county, along with a number of recreational activities, great restaurants and breweries, shops and more. 

Bridgeview Box Park in Newport, KY
Hannah Lowen

Campbell County

Over 93,000 people reside in Campbell County, which has two county seats – Alexandria and Newport. Here, you can find relaxation and fun. Enjoy a night out with a visit to Newport on the Levee, a retail, dining and entertainment venue. Other entertainment options include visiting a gallery, a museum or one of the local breweries, like Alexandria Brewing Company. The average home value in Campbell County is $221,869 (Zillow, August 2021), and the county is home to award-winning main streets and Northern Kentucky University. A major attraction here is the 1,000-acre AJ Jolly Park, which offers activities such as basketball, fishing, paddleboating and more. 

Florence Nature Park in Florence, KY
City of Florence

Boone County

Founded in 1798, Boone County is named for pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone and is the fastest growing county in the Cincinnati MSA. The county’s nearly 136,000 residents enjoy an affordable cost of living. The average home value is $265,530 (Zillow, August 2021). Plus, the county offers an envious outdoors scene – think gently rolling to steep hilly grounds, natural wonders formed from glacial outwash, such as Boone Cliffs along Middle Creek, and 42 miles of the Ohio River. When looking for a home, choose from living in cities like Florence, Union and Walton, or unincorporated areas like Burlington, the county seat. The largest employer here is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. 

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