One of Top Metro Areas in U.S. For Quality of Life
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Places Rated Almanac, in its 2000 Edition, ranked the Louisville, KY/Southern Indiana Metropolitan Area as the 14th Best Overall Place to live. This review included 354 metropolitan areas across the country. Nine categories (Cost of Living, Transportation, Jobs, Education, Climate, Crime, Arts, Health Care, and Recreation) are individually scored and added for Best Overall score.
The region’s moderate four-season climate, stable and diverse economy, outstanding cultural events, nationally-recognized health programs and many innovative features add to the list of why Southern Indiana/Louisville is a great place to work, live and raise a family. For those desiring to be near a big city to enjoy its amenities, but choosing to live in a small-town atmosphere, Southern Indiana is just the ticket. Located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Indiana’s system of interstate highways and state roads make access to any area quick and easy.
Reasonable land costs and availability of entry-level, mid-priced and high-end homes offer newcomers some compelling reasons to settle down in Southern Indiana. Quality builders and developers are dedicated to providing the best in new home construction and design to make home ownership affordable and available in all price ranges. Many subdivisions dot the countryside in Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott Counties. Golf communities are popular choices, some offering patio homes, as well as estate homes. Development can be found both in rural areas and near a city, on small lots or spacious scenic home sites.
Clark and Floyd Counties, two of the four Indiana counties that make up the Indiana portion of Greater Louisville, have their own unique identity and micro-economy. In fact, many newcomers are drawn to Southern Indiana’s affordable housing, land and easy access to the amenities of the City of Louisville. Southern Indiana’s shoreline and hills, called “knobs”, offer the most dramatic views of Louisville found anywhere in the region.
Jeffersonville, Corydon, and New Albany showcase 19th Century mansions that stand stately and magnificent as a testament of this community. For those desiring the wide open spaces, farmhouses and country living fulfills their utmost dreams. Southern Indiana offers a slower pace and a friendly community atmosphere where family values can be nurtured and enjoyed. With excellent schools, both public and private, churches, shopping malls, restaurants, medical facilities, theaters, libraries, parks and historical attractions, life is at its best in Southern Indiana.
Looking for things to do in Southern Indiana?
Southern Indiana is home to two state parks, the first being: Charlestown State Park. It is easily accessible, located 8 miles east of I-65, on State Road 62. With scenic vistas of the Fourteen Mile Creek Valley and the Ohio River, with elevation changes of over 200 feet, Charlestown has much to offer the visitor with its rugged hills and deep ravines. If you are a bird watcher you will enjoy the 72 species of birds, including bluebirds, black vultures and an occasional bald eagle. Charlestown park also offers full hookup campsites.
The second state park, Clark State Forest, was established in 1903 and is the oldest state forest in Indiana. Additional acquisitions have increased this area to the present 24,000 acres. Much of this land was originally part of Clark's Grant, lands provided by a clause in the Virginia Cession of Claims to the Northwest Territory on December 20, 1783.
The Falls of the Ohio State Park, located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, IN. has 390-million-year-old fossil beds and they are among the largest, naturally exposed, Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a spectacular Interpretive Center overlooking the fossil beds, which contains an interactive exhibit gallery. Fishing, hiking and casual walking, fossil viewing, bird watching, and picnicking are among the most common activities.
Need an atmosphere where everyone young and old can enjoy a day on the farm? How about experience a taste of wine country. Everyone is family at The Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant.
Southern Indiana is also home to the Ohio River Greenway. This seven-mile area along the banks of the Ohio River provides a common linkage between the Communities of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany, Indiana along the banks of the Ohio River to promote a passive recreational environment for river access, while allowing each community to construct riverfront amenities to enhance the overall project.
Jeffersonville, Indiana is known for Big Four Station. It features green space, fountains, a pavilion, and a playground area. Big Four Station opened to the public in October 2014.
The Big Four Bridge spans the Ohio River and connects Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana for Pedestrians and Bicyclists. The ramp, also known as the walking bridge, comes off into the Big Four station into Historic Downtown Jeffersonville.
For more places to visit in Southern Indiana go to http://www.co.clark.in.ushttp://www.co.clark.in.us to see the Clark County Indiana Tourism Resources