Information about Louisville, KY
Founded in 1778, Louisville is one of the oldest U.S. cities west of the Appalachian Mountains. Louisville merged with Jefferson County in 2003, forming the Louisville Metro area, which had a population of 612,780, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Each year, tourists flock to Louisville to watch the Kentucky Derby, complete with crazy hats, mint juleps and strains of the Kentucky state song, 'My Old Kentucky Home.' Prior to the race, Louisville hosts a 2-week festival, featuring fireworks, parades, and steamboat and balloon races. Other annual events in the city include the Bluegrass Balloon Festival, one of the biggest hot air balloon festivals in the country; Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles festival; and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Louisville also is known for its independent art and music scenes and features many related venues, such as the 21c Museum Hotel. Other area attractions include the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Speed Art Museum and Muhammad Ali Center.
Louisville Educational Opportunities
Perhaps the most well-known postsecondary school in the city, the University of Louisville was ranked the 91st best public school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. This 4-year university, which confers associate's through doctoral degrees, had an enrollment of more than 21,500 students as of Fall 2014. Louisville's only other public postsecondary school is Jefferson Community and Technical College, a 2-year college with more than 13,500 students.
Also located in Louisville, the private nonprofit Bellarmine University was ranked the 13th best regional university in the South by U.S. News in 2016. Other private colleges and universities in the city include Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Simmons College of Kentucky, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spalding University.
In addition to logistics and distribution, health care and medical sciences have become prominent industries in Louisville. Fortune 500 company Humana, one of the country's largest providers of managed health care, is headquartered in Louisville, as are Kindred Healthcare Incorporated, also a Fortune 500 company; Norton Healthcare; and PharMerica. Other major corporations headquartered in the city include restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse; and Fortune 500 company Yum Brands Inc., which licenses KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and WingStreet franchises worldwide.