Moving to Kentucky

Kentucky might be known as “The Bluegrass State,” but it’s also known for horse racing, Louisville Slugger, KFC, and producing 95% of the world’s bourbon supply. 

In 2021, the Bluegrass State received inbound traffic of 50%, according to the United Van Lines’ Annual Mover Study.

If you’re moving to Kentucky, the moving experts at United Van Lines can help.

Why Are People Moving to Kentucky?

United Van Lines conducts an annual Movers study, gathering data based on household moves to and from states with 250 moves or more. In 2020, Kentucky was in the top 25 inbound states. 

People moved for a variety of reasons, but job and family reasons stuck out as the top. The top reasons for moving to Kentucky in 2021 were jobs (40.9%), family (34.2%), retirement (18.1%), lifestyle (12.1%), and health (4.7%)

We dive into some of the top reasons below.

Jobs in Kentucky

Job-related reasons were the number one factor bringing people to Kentucky in 2021. Major industries like automotive, manufacturing, and agriculture contribute to a lot of opportunity. 

With more than 50% of the Bluegrass State’s land being farmland, it’s no surprise that agriculture is one of the top industries in the state. 

Automotive-related companies employ over 100,000 people, manufacturing employs over 260,000, and food and beverage-related industries employ over 50,000. 

The variety of major industries and opportunities throughout the state play a large role in people moving to Kentucky for jobs.

Family Life in The Bluegrass State

Not only is Kentucky a beautiful state with fun family activities, it has great perks. The cost of living is 11.4% lower than the national average, and it currently assesses a flat income tax rate.

The natural beauty of the state provides ample outdoor adventures for families. Mammoth Cave National Park is the longest-known  cave system in the world, sprawling over 400 miles. Explore national parks, climb through the Red River Gorge, hike the Appalachian Mountains, and more. 

See a horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville and celebrate the Kentucky Derby. Or you can visit Lexington, the horse capital of the world. 

Check out how the baseball bats are made  at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. For an adult-only adventure, visit dozens of bourbon distilleries on the Bourbon Trail. 

Kentucky is also home to some of the best college basketball in the country. Check out a game at the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville. 

Living in Kentucky provides something for everybody, so it’s no surprise people keep moving to the state.

Weathering the Move to Kentucky

Kentucky weather perfectly fits the description of the four seasons. The state experiences hot summers, cold winters, comfortable autumn, and beautiful springs. 

Late spring is when most tornadoes occur, so be aware if you’re planning a move that time of year. Winters aren’t known to be extreme but may not be the most ideal time to move. 

Weather can make an impact on your move, and no matter when or where you’re moving, it’s important to prepare for anything. Check out our tricks for packing like a pro for moving in rain, heat, snow, or anything else.

Where Are You Moving From?

Making a long trek and moving from California to Kentucky? Or a shorter trip and moving from Ohio to Kentucky? Maybe you’re switching cities within the state and are moving to Lexington. 

No matter where you’re moving from, United Van Lines can help. We can help with packing, storage, and moving day. For local moves between cities in Kentucky, United Van Lines’ local movers perform local moves under their own businesses’ independent authorities and brands.

Ready to Move to Kentucky? Get a Quote Today!

Using a professional moving company for your move to Kentucky can make all the difference. United Van Lines has a variety of services and moving plans that work best for you. View our moving services and complete an online quote to get started.

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