The Louisville, KY-IN area is home to some of America's most cherished icons. The Kentucky Derby has called Louisville's Churchill Downs home since 1875, while the Louisville Slugger baseball bat was first made by Bud Hillerich in his father's Louisville woodworking shop in 1884. Boxing great Muhammad Ali and Hollywood star Tom Cruise were both born in Louisville, as was chewing gum, created by Louisville, KY resident John Colgan in 1873.
In 2004, residents of the Louisville, KY-IN region had an income averaging $33,058, slightly above the national average. The largest city in the region, Louisville, or Louisville Metro, as it's officially known, is the 16th biggest in the nation, with a population of 699,827. Other significant cities in the Louisville, KY-IN area include New Albany, IN, with close to 38,000 residents, and Jeffersonville, IN, with a population of about 28,000.
Major area employers come from a variety of business sectors:
- Over 21% of the population works in Educational, Health, or Social Services jobs.
- Financial, Insurance, and Real Estate employ 11%.
- Retailing provides work for 10%.
- Sales and office occupations were the most common types of jobs, at 32%.
- Management and professional occupations employ 28% of the population.
Several large companies call the Louisville, KY-IN region home, including:
- Humana Inc., health care giant, with over $13.1 billion in revenue.
- Yum Brands, fast food parent company of famed brands like KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.
The Louisville area also welcomes smaller enterprises, having been recently ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as America's Best City for Small Business Growth.
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