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Kentucky: History, Natural Wonders, and Bluegrass

There’s a reason the South is such a treasured part of the United States. It boasts a rich history unlike any other part of the country and, with it, vibrant culture and a uniquely endearing and welcoming group of people to get to know. Once you step foot in the American South, you’ll feel right at home. Learn why Kentucky is worth considering if you’re thinking of retiring in the South:

1. Cultivate an interest in bluegrass. There’s a reason Kentucky’s known as the Bluegrass State. In addition to sprouting its own unique grass, Kentucky bluegrass, it’s also home to the bluegrass music genre. Noteworthy artists of the genre include Kentucky Rain, Bill Monroe, Driftwood, Ricky Skaggs, and Sam Bush, all hail from the state and have helped pioneer the genre. Visit the Festival of the Bluegrass and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum to explore this iconic musical genre.

2. It’s a hotspot for outdoor lovers. Kentucky boasts a wide range of natural attractions to visit and explore. Some of its most notable include the Breaks Interstate Park (the South’s version of the Grand Canyon!), the Cumberland Gap, the Natural Bridge, Cumberland Falls, Jefferson Memorial Forest, and Black Mountain.

In addition, the state is host to an extensive system of national parks. It has 82 wildlife management areas, one national park, a state forest spanning 37,896 acres, two national recreation areas, 45 state parks, two national historic parks, two national wildlife refuges, and two national forests. On top of this, the state has taken part in extremely noteworthy wildlife reintroduction projects, one of which included elk.

3. It’s one of the most affordable states. Kentucky has a thriving economy. Back in the year 2014, it received the honor of being one of the most affordable states to live in. Its unemployment rate was as low as 4.3 percent in 2019. All in all, you can count on being able to live reasonably comfortably within state borders.

4. Pay a visit to the Kentucky Derby. You can’t live in Kentucky without at least hearing about its nationally famous Derby! Taking place in Louisville, the Kentucky Derby holds the title of the country’s oldest (continuously held) horse race. Why not check out a race in person after you’ve settled in? It’s a great introduction to what the state has to offer.

5. It has immense historical significance. Americans first settled Kentucky in the year 1774, following the country’s efforts to expand past the Allegheny Mountains. In fact, Kentucky is the first state in the region to have been settled. However, Kentucky’s real claim to fame is its status as the birthplace of both Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln, key figures and leaders during the American Civil War.

If you’re looking for a location that offers rich history, a myriad of activities to enjoy, and a very affordable cost of living, Kentucky may be the best choice for your post-retirement home.