Florence & Northern KY
Florence is a home rule-class city in Boone County, Kentucky, in the United States. Florence is part of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. In terms of population, Florence gained 2.2% over one year and gained 14.2% over the course of the decade. As of June 2008, the city’s population was 27,745 citizens. It is the sixth largest city in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.
History: The Florence area was originally known as Crossroads, because of the convergence of several roads from Burlington and Union at Ridge Road (now U.S. 25). By 1821, the area was known as Maddentown for Thomas Madden, a Covington attorney who owned a farm on the Burlington Pike. When Madden moved away, the area became known as Connersville in 1828 for Jacob Conner, a settler who assumed responsibility for the growing town. The town was finally renamed to Florence owing to another Connersville in Harrison County. The name presumably is a transfer from Florence, Italy, but the specific etymology is unclear. It was incorporated on January 27, 1830, and grew quickly after the completion of the Covington-Lexington Turnpike in 1836.
Florence is well known in surrounding cities for a water tower visible from I-71/I-75 that reads “Florence Y’all”. Originally the tower advertised the up-and-coming Florence Mall, as part of an agreement by the mall developers who donated the land for the tower. However, because the mall was not built yet, the tower violated highway regulations, and the city was forced to change it within a short deadline. Rather than repaint the entire tower, they simply painted over the two vertical lines of the “M” to create a “Y”. The intent was to change it back when the mall was built, but the local residents liked the tower’s new proclamation, so the city decided to leave it as it was.
Economy: Major employers in Florence include St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Boone County Schools, Robert Bosch, SWECO, Meritor, Eagle Manufacturing, Walmart, and the City of Florence. Major employers in unincorporated areas with Florence addresses include Celanese, Citigroup, Crane Composites, DRS, Duro Bag Mfg, Givaudan, Kellogg’s, Mubea, RR Donnelley, Schwan’s, Staples., and Taylor & Francis, Southern Air and Kona Ice.
Culture: Florence is located in Northern Kentucky, roughly 12 miles south of downtown Cincinnati OH. The proximity to Cincinnati ensures a host of metropolitan amenities and activities while still providing a rural destination with a wealth of recreational opportunities, including golf at Boonelink Golf Course, swimming at the Florence Family Aquatic Center and skating and biking at the local skate park. Home to Florence Nature Park and the minor league baseball team the Florence Freedom the area is perfect for visitors wanting a taste of rural Kentucky.
- City of Florence KY
- KY Tourism – Florence
- Boone County Public Library
- TANK Transit Authority of Northern KY
- Cincinnati / Northern KY International Airport
- Northern KY Tribune
Things to do in Florence KY / Northern KY:
- Northern KY River Region Tourism
- Travel Guide of Northern KY and Cincinnati
- Florence Mall
- Meet NKY, Northern Kentucky CVB
- Trails of Florence KY
- Parks of Florence KY
- Boone County KY
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