Attractions and Business in Lexington-Nicholasville, Kentucky

The Castle, a unique horse farm near Versailles KY.
The Castle, a unique horse farm near Versailles KY.

Small Town Boom - Insurance & Biotech

Nicholasville is the fastest growing place in Kentucky, reported by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in January 2010.This was born out by the remarkable growth in jobs from the end of 2010 to the beginning of 2013, a full 11,000 job openings avialable in January. However, located in Jessamine County, Nichbolasville is still much a small town in the Bluegrass Region along the Kentucky River, where you can view and enjoy the cliffs near the Palisades.

Amid a comfortable small-town lifestyle and ambience, residents and visitors can use Nicholasville as a base for traveling short distances to Louisville and Lexington for big city features. This is Central Kentucky, where agricultural has been part of the economy forever. Cattle and tobacco are giving way to alternative crops these days, though.

A growing sector of agri-tourism and wine production is also new, with the first commercial vineyard in the USA here (many people guess it was in California). The huge Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest is held in Nicholasville in the middle of May each year to celebrate this industry, offering an amateur wine competition to encourage new growers.

The vineyards and other agricultural installations are surrounded by horse farms and golf courses in the north end of the county and visitors love them all.

A local horse farm. William Shatner's Belle Reve Saddlebred is another farm near Nicholasville, in Versailles.
A local horse farm. William Shatner's Belle Reve Saddlebred is another farm near Nicholasville, in Versailles.

Business in Central Kentucky

Nicholasville means to keep growing and to sustain its momentum through global outreach. Successfully so, they have received a diplomatic visit from India's Dr. Abdul Kalam, which bodes well for international commerce between the city and areas of the Subcontinent.

Already, companies like Alltech, an important international biotechnology company, have constructed headquarters in Nicholasville. Humana, Inc.bases its HQ nearby in Louisville and provides a range of health insurance products and services.

An outstanding downtown development plan continually attracts additional enterprises to town.

Bluegrass Region Of Kentucky

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Kentucky tobacco field.
Kentucky tobacco field.

Downtown Nicholasville Plans To Grow

The downtown area continues improvement in infrastructure, business development, Historic District, the creation of additional green spaces, and the coming together of a solid community-within-a- community. It is a gem of developing architecture, culture, business, and comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.

The Downtown Community Center is an especially good anchor organization. An additional $1.5 million was allocated for renewal over 10 months in 2010 - 2011, with continued funding expected in the future.

Downtown Lexington KY, less than 10 miles northeast of Nicholasville.
Downtown Lexington KY, less than 10 miles northeast of Nicholasville.

Interesting Nicholasville Attractions

William T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
William T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Jobs and Industries

Local Business and Industry

The local economy in the area that includes Nicholasville, Louisville, and Lexington relies heavily on Healthcare services, Education, Travel and Tourism and the related retail sales, dining, and accommodations business; and Transportation. Manufacturing make a major contribution as well, although it does not offer as many open jobs as do the service industries.

Open job advertisements increased from 11,000 in January 2013 to over 14,000 at the end of the year. The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline Project hopes to increase jobs futher.

Top Job Listers

Top hiring companies around Nicholasville:

  1. Eastern Kentucky University
  2. Lockheed Martin - Aerospace and defense
  3. University of Kentucky
  4. Saudi Aramco - Oil and gas
  5. Affiliated Computer Services
  6. Ben K & Associates - Healthcare
  7. Fallstaff Travel Nursing
  8. Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell
  9. AT&T
  10. Bechtel
  11. Medical Connections
  12. Rush Trucking
  13. Catholic Health Services
  14. Critical Connection
  15. Ashland Chemical/Oil

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Engineers
  2. Physicians
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Sales Representatives
  6. Manager Trainees
  7. Assistant Managers
  8. Phlebotomists
  9. Sales Associates
  10. Automotive Techs
  11. Physical Therapy Assistants
  12. News/Journalism Interns
  13. Truck Drivers
  14. Registered Nurse (RN) Supervisors
  15. Hotels Unlimited - Executive Apprentice Program

Largest Employers of Louisville - Lexington- Nicholasville

  1. Humana Inc. - Insurance products and related services.
  2. Norton Psychiatric Center
  3. University of Kentucky
  4. University of Kentucky Hospital
  5. UPS - Transport/delivery
  6. Ford Motor Company Truck and Auto Plants
  7. General Electric Consumer and Industrial Division
  8. Korsair Children's Hospital
  9. Lexmark International
  10. University of Louisville
  11. University of Louisville Hospital
  12. Central Baptist Hospital Lifeline
  13. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
  14. St. Joseph Hospital
  15. Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Insurance


Government Projections for Job Growth

Through the year 2016, all levels of government join in predicting the following high demand job titles expected to grow in the Lexington market area, including the nearby suburb of Nicholasville.

  1. Network Systems/Data Communications Analysts - approx. 54% growth, 2006 - 2016. Inspring 2010, these job titles began to increase more visibly in job listings.
  2. Court Reporters
  3. Personal and Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  4. Veterinary Techs - This should be a rising-demand job title in view of successful horse farming in the area, especially celebrity-owned farms.
  5. Database Administrators
  6. Personal Financial Advisors - The demand for these jobs have fluctuated from summer 2008 - spring 2010, but showed an overall moderate increase. In spring 2010, these job listings were on the upswing. New financial jobs of this nature indicate a moderately growing local economy, reinforced by the fact that this area of Kentucky is the fastest growing for residential and business concerns. Look for growth in the rest of this job title list, particularly in the IT related titles in all industry clusters.
  7. Veterinarians - See #4 above.
  8. Computer Software Engineers
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Pharmacy Technicians
  11. Physical Therapy Assistants - In spring 2010, this was the sole job title in the projections list to show high-demand status locally.
  12. Computer Systems Analysts
  13. Photographers
  14. Massage Therapists
  15. Foreign Language and Literature Teachers - College Level

Higher Education

  • Asbury University - Wilmore, Kentucky
  • Asbury Theological Seminary - on Asbury University Campus.
  • Georgetown College - In the city of the same name.
  • Jessamine County Career & Tech‎nical Institute
  • Lexington Theological Seminary - Located in Lexington
  • American National University - Three sites east of Louisville
  • Strayer University - Online
  • Sullivan University - In Sullivan KY
  • Transylvania University‎ - In Transylvania KY
  • University of Kentucky - Located in Lexington

Bee Lick Creek in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Central Kentucky features many parks of all sizes, lakes, and outdoor recreation facilities.
Bee Lick Creek in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Central Kentucky features many parks of all sizes, lakes, and outdoor recreation facilities. | Source

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Patty, for showing such a wonderful piece of country. It is also a great help for people looking for work. Great hub and information.

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lightning john 6 years ago from Florida

Hey there Patty, I have friends in Louisville, and on my way from North Carolina went through Lexington. Everyone was so nice, and I really loved the horse ranches there.

Thanks for letting me know about Nicholasville I shall have to stop there next time, and visit.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Seems to be booming

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a2z50 6 years ago

Hi Patty,

Very interesting Hub . Looks like they have aboput everything one would need in this area. Sounds like a great place to live and work. And sounds like a nice area to raise children too.

Thank you!


As always Also rprcarz50

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thsi area of the state is really pretty and has some very friendly people in it, so it's a good place.

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Patty, I love the pictures. Lots of info too. Great hub

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kellydove 6 years ago

nice great hub

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