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7 Cities in Northern Kentucky to Move to Right Now

Charming neighborhoods and vibrant communities offer an assortment of fun things to do.

By Livability on August 7, 2020

Northern Kentucky
Covington / Visit Northern KY

Whether you are looking to live in a lively city, the homey suburbs or along the rolling countryside, Northern Kentucky is bursting with communities that offer the urban, suburban or rural feel that you fancy.

1. Florence

Florence Y’all. Those two words are emblazoned in big letters on a tall red-and-white checkerboard water tower located along Interstate 75, welcoming motorists to Northern Kentucky. Gateway Community & Technical College has a campus in Florence, and the community is known for its strong advanced manufacturing, health care and retail sectors. Plus, the area boasts the Florence Freedom baseball team, a member of the independent Frontier League.

2. Covington

The largest urban city in Northern Kentucky, Covington is a community overflowing with must-try restaurants, shopping opportunities, a lively nightlife scene and the popular MainStrasse Village mixed-use neighborhood. Plus, this community of more than 40,000 residents is home to the global headquarters of Clinical Trial & Consulting, a multinational research firm that works on behalf of approximately 135 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; plenty of recreational greenspace, including more than 20 parks; and a beautiful view of Cincinnati’s skyline.

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3. Walton

With its motto “The Place to Be,†this small community of 4,000 residents provides a welcoming, suburban feel, with a median home price of $151,700. Home to Walton Community Park, which features soccer fields, baseball and softball diamonds, basketball courts and a paved walking trail, residents have choices when it comes to outdoor recreation activities. Walton also enjoys the annual Old Fashion Day in September, featuring a parade, food, craft booths, games and fireworks

4. Alexandria

With a tag line of “Where the City Meets the Country,†Alexandria offers its 9,500 residents a comfortable, suburban lifestyle while still celebrating its rural heritage. With close access to regional malls, specialty retailers and restaurants, residents have every amenity at their fingertips, yet the quiet, affordable homelife only a rural community can provide. The median home price is a reasonable $156,600. Each year, the city hosts the Alexandria Fair, which primarily showcases Kentucky horses.

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5. Fort Mitchell

Originally a Civil War fortification, Fort Mitchell largely serves as a bedroom community for the Cincinnati region. Fort Mitchell has a low crime rate, and its quality of life assets include a variety of beautiful neighborhoods, a country club, area parks, like the General Ormsby Mitchel Park, and high-quality public and private schools. In fact, Niche ranked Fort Mitchell third on its 2019 Places with the Best Public Schools in Kentucky list.

6. Fort Thomas

Back in the 1890s, Fort Thomas once served as a U.S. Army post. Today, the 90-foot-tall Stone Water Tower stands in tribute to 28 local officers and soldiers killed while fighting in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Now, the city features more than 150 historic residences that are at least 100 years old. Highlands High School was named the third best high school in Kentucky in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report. Among its signature entertainment attractions is the annual Amphitheater Summer Concert Series.

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7. Erlanger

In the heart of the Kentucky- Ohio-Indiana tri-state area is Erlanger, whose strong infrastructure provides residents with easy access to Interstates 71, 75 and 275. The community is only five minutes from the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport. Nicknamed the “Friendship City,†Erlanger has more than a dozen public parks, and Friendship Garden, nestled between the Erlanger City Center and the City Building, honors local military members. The popular Dixie Farmers Market bustles with activity every Thursday between April and October, and the community is home to the United States Playing Card Co.’s corporate headquarters.

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