Why Ohio County, KY

Ohio County, KY is full of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and has deep roots in the coal mining industry.  Known as the birthplace of bluegrass, Ohio County borders south of the Ohio River and is made up of 6 cities including Beaver Dam, Hartford, Fordsville, Centertown, Rockport, McHenry, and the unincorporated town of Rosine, where the Monroe Farm produced the genre of music known as Bluegrass. Ohio County is unique for rural communities in that we have an available co-working space, remote work training programs, a vibrant downtown that surpasses most rural communities, and we offer a logistical advantage for supply chains of multiple industries. 

We’re a Growing Tourist Destination 

Today, the growing region attracts people interested in hunting, fishing on the river, visiting bluegrass museums, listening to live music, attending major concerts at the amphitheater, and visiting historical landmarks such as the Rochester Dam.

We are also the ideal destination for Millennials in search of funky local coffee shops and bars where they can listen to live music after shopping in vintage boutiques and exploring local farms and hiking trails.  

It’s Affordable Here

From an economical standpoint, living in Ohio County, KY is very cost effective. The county has some of the lowest property tax rates in the region. 

It’s Easy to Get Around

Most residents find their average 24-minute beautiful commute to and from work an easy drive. WIth 2 major highways running through the county, it’s easy to get around. 

Plus, with the Ohio County Airport, located in Hartford, air transportation provides options for businesses looking to travel to and from meetings.

Close Proximity to Airport

The Ohio County Airport, located in Hartford, a short 3 mile drive to William Natcher Highway 165, is extremely accessible and has 24 hour facility access year-round.  With a 5000 ft runway, the airport will accommodate most travel needs. In addition, the airport has a flight instructor and highly qualified aviation mechanics for those needing routine or occasional aircraft maintenance and repairs. 

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Access to multiple neighboring airports include:

  • Muhlenberg County Airport (20 miles SW)
  • Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport (23 miles NW)
  • Madisonville Regional Airport (27 miles W)
  • Breckinridge County Airport (28 miles NE)
  • Leitchfield-Grayson County Airport (28 miles E)
  • Evansville Regional Airport (70 miles)
  • Louisville International Airport (111 miles)
  • Nashville International Airport (112 miles)

Easy Highway Access

Ohio County, KY has 2 major highways; running east to west is the Wendell Ford Parkway and north to south is the William Natcher/Highway 165.  Both highways intersect within the county.  Major employers benefiting from this convenient access include Perdue Farms, WPT Non Woven, and Neo Industries.  

Cost of Living Advantages

Ohio County is a beautiful place to call home and the cost of living for families and businesses is below the US average. In addition, the county has one of the lowest tax rates in the region. There is a diverse housing market from senior living to multi-family apartments to houses with acreage that provide an opportunity for every family type.

Pair that with affordable accessible amenities, an active business community, extraordinary school district and many volunteer and civic organizations it is no surprise many call Ohio County home.

Available Property

In Ohio County, businesses benefit from access to available property at a cost that is far lower than the national average. For example, the Bluegrass Crossings Business Centre is One of Kentucky's premier regional industrial parks. The park offers access to two interstate highways with linkage to I-64, I-65 and I-24.