Beautiful downtown Nelson County, Kentucky

A beautiful place to live and work.

Nelson County is nestled in the heart of central Kentucky, just 40 miles southeast of downtown Louisville. Bardstown is the county’s prized gem and is the second oldest town in the state of Kentucky. Nelson County is more than just history, it is a strategic business hub. Half of the U.S. markets are within a one-day drive, and major cities like Nashville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis are within a four-hour radius. Major employers fall into a diverse array of industries, primarily in manufacturing and distilling, and include American Fuji Seal, Inc., Tower International, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Sazerac Distillers, Toyota Boshoku Kentucky, Johnan America, Inc., ORBIS Corporation, Flower Foods, Inc., and Takigawa Corporation America.

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The community has seen an impressive 24.72% population increase over the last two decades driven by 60 industrial facilities, several corporate headquarters, and 10 international companies that are driving investment and high-paying jobs. That is why Site Selection magazine consistently ranks Bardstown in the Top 20 Micropolitan in the U.S. for company relocations.

People are also flocking to Nelson County because of the unmatched quality of life. Bardstown was praised as the “most beautiful small town in America” by USA Today. Additionally, it’s often celebrated as the “Napa Valley of the Bourbon Industry” due to its significant role in whiskey and spirits production. The famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail weaves through the heart of Nelson County, attracting over 100,000 visitors from all around the world. It is also home to parks, annual events and festivals, diverse housing options and nine colleges and universities Within a 60-mile radius.

Nelson County by the Numbers

Nelson County

Nelson County

Nelson County20122022% Change
Gross Regional Product$1,703,947,163$3,122,335,80983.2%
Median Household Income$64,354
Per Capita Income$32,121
Poverty Level8.1%
Unemployment Rate2.6%
Labor Force Participation Rate62.5%
Average Commute Time25.1
Number of Remote Workers1,067
Percent of Remote Workers4.9%
Education Less than 9th Grade1,592672-57.8%
Education: 9-12th Grade2,8701,683-41.4%
Education: High School Diploma12,72311,764-7.5%
Education: Some College5,3377,68544.0%
Education: Associate's Degree2,5074,12364.5%
Education: Bachelor's Degree2,6174,22461.4%
Education: Graduate Degree or Higher1,8472,89256.6%
Homeowner Vacancy Rate0.9%
Median House Value$169,500
Median Monthly Rent$844
Percent Occupied Housing Units92.9%
Greater Louisville Region

Greater Louisville Region

Greater Louisville Region20122022% Change
Gross Regional Product$69,126,603,887$106,360,978,85053.9%
Median Household Income$71,033
Per Capita Income$34,919
Poverty Level7.6%
Unemployment Rate3.5%
Labor Force Participation Rate62.4%
Average Commute Time27.0
Number of Remote Workers59,276
Percent of Remote Workers6.9%
Education: Less than 9th Grade41,82628,187-32.6%
Education: 9-12th Grade84,22666,209-21.4%
Education: High School Diploma312,017315,9451.3%
Education: Some College219,747230,8315.0%
Education: Associate's Degree71,75896,30134.2%
Education: Bachelor's Degree146,043192,02231.5%
Education: Graduate Degree or Higher93,667123,66032.0%
Homeowner Vacancy Rate1.3%
Median House Value$178,593
Median Monthly Rent$847
Percent Occupied Housing Units90.1%
United States

United States

United States20122022% Change
Gross Regional Product$15,912,802,819,300$24,767,834,615,60055.6%
Median Household Income$69,021
Per Capita Income$37,638
Poverty Level8.9%
Unemployment Rate3.6%
Labor Force Participation Rate62.7%
Average Commute Time26.8
Number of Remote Workers15,061,684
Percent of Remote Workers9.7%
Education: Less than 9th Grade12,837,12310,919,561-14.9%
Education: 9-12th Grade17,391,41714,341,868-17.5%
Education: High School Diploma58,751,74060,598,8613.1%
Education: Some College44,359,41245,588,2612.8%
Education: Associate's Degree16,032,80720,324,52126.8%
Education: Bachelor's Degree37,281,93347,929,73328.6%
Education: Graduate Degree or Higher22,125,35330,620,66438.4%
Homeowner Vacancy Rate1.2%
Median House Value$244,900
Median Monthly Rent$1,163
Percent Occupied Housing Units88.8%