Discover Northern Kentucky

This stunning 3-county region across the river from Cincinnati offers an affordable, vibrant place to call home.

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Livability
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 15:43
Northern Kentucky

Nestled along the Ohio River across from Cincinnati lies Northern Kentucky, an idyllic region where residents enjoy affordable living, pristine parks, convenient transportation, top-notch education, and a collaborative business environment.

Find out more about why Northern Kentucky is a great place to call home. 

Find a Great Job

When it comes to finding a job in Northern Kentucky, residents are met with numerous options, as businesses of all kinds continue to relocate or expand in the area.

Protective Life Corp., one of the largest insurance and financial service companies in the U.S., is just one business with a relocation story.

In late 2020, the company announced it was relocating its core site in the Cincinnati region to RiverCenter Towers in downtown Covington, bringing an estimated 100 well-paying jobs in 2021, with more expected over the next decade.

Northern Kentucky
Jon Paasch

Get Entertained

The arts are flourishing in Northern Kentucky, as many of the region’s communities are home to museums and other notable forms of art appreciation.

One example is The Carnegie, which is the largest multidisciplinary arts venue in Northern Kentucky.

Also thriving is the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, offering everything from classical concerts to rock operas to country music shows. In Fort Thomas, KY, residents can enjoy the annual Summer Amphitheater Concert Series.

In Covington, KY, the distinctive visual arts attraction, known as the Roebling Murals, is painted on the Riverfront Floodwall.

In addition, a new destination is under construction to celebrate the arts – the Ovation Music Venue in Newport, KY. It will  accommodate indoor audiences up to 2,700 and outdoor summer shows up to 7,000.

Network & Thrive

Young professionals in Northern Kentucky are living the good life.

Their great jobs are balanced by the area’s high quality of life – the region is full of things to do and see, housing is affordable and each community boasts a unique, yet positive and welcoming vibe – and they have access to the Northern Kentucky Young Professionals program, where they can learn to become better leaders, make connections and engage with their community.

Click here for more information on the program.

Join the Medical Industry

Employers, especially those in the health care industry, are looking for highly educated talent to fill open positions.

Two of those employers are Bexion Pharmaceuticals as well as the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, which hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony in September 2020.

Other job opportunities are available at Select Specialty Hospital-Northern Kentucky in Fort Thomas, St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas Hospital, St. Elizabeth Covington Hospital, St. Elizabeth Florence Children’s Pavilion, Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence, Brighton Recovery Center in Florence, VA Medical Center in Fort Thomas and SUN Behavioral Health in Erlanger.

Explore Northern Kentucky's Past

Northern Kentucky is known for celebrating interesting pieces of its history, including the part it continues to play in bourbon production.

But this area has an even more interesting part to its past – one with gangsters and gamblers. Folks can take a Newport Gangster Tour to learn about Newport’s history of illegal gambling and how it played a role in today’s gaming industry.

The region is also home to Mainstrasse Village, a 19th-century German neighborhood in Covington that is listed on the National Historic Register.

Be Faux Fabulous

Donna Salyers has made a name for herself in Northern Kentucky, as she is the founder of Donna Salyers Fabulous-Furs, a faux fur fashion house that she began more than three decades ago in her basement.

Today, the brand is internationally recognized – it made Oprah’s list of “Favorite Things” and has been mentioned on television shows and in fashion magazines. The company’s headquarters have been located in the Wadsworth Electric Manufacturing Building in Covington since 2003.

When COVID-19 hit in 2020, the company stopped working on its fall line and began sewing face masks for medical workers and first responders. More than 20,000 face masks have been ordered. Click here for more information. 

Northern Kentucky
Nathan Lambrecht

The 4-1-1 on Northern Kentucky

All Outdoors: The area is full of ways to stay active outdoors, from Florence Nature Park and Fox Run Park to Riverfront Commons. Break out your mountain bike at places like Devou Park and Aero Parkway Bicycle Trail in Boone County as well as your kayak, which you can paddle at Doe Run Lake Park and the Licking River.

A+ Schools: Parents have a wide selection to choose from when it comes to K-12 education options, as the area boasts a wealth of high-quality public school districts and private schools. The more than three dozen Catholic elementary and high schools in the region alone enroll nearly 15,000 students.

Top-notch Higher Education: The region offers access to a plethora of esteemed higher education institutions, including Thomas More University, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and Gateway Community & Technical College. Northern Kentucky University, with its main campus in Highland Heights, serves 14,000 students enrolled in its seven colleges and five schools.

Stretch a Dollar: The Northern Kentucky cluster of cities located along the Ohio River, including Newport, Bellevue and Covington, have an overall cost of living that is 12% lower than the national average.

Right at Home: Whether you prefer downtown living, a suburban setting or wide-open rural spaces, Northern Kentucky offers a roster of communities that can meet your needs.

Easy Commute: Northern Kentucky is well connected, with access to Interstates 71, 75, 275 and 471. The average commute time in the region is only 22 minutes.

Want to learn more about living in Northern Kentucky? Check out the latest edition of Livability Northern Kentucky.

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