Florence is a residential community in Northern Kentucky situated amidst the Greater Cincinnati Region. This friendly town enjoys both convenient access to a large city and laid-back country living.
Florence real estate includes a mix of neighborhoods and housing styles, from small family homes and large estates to apartments and condominiums. There are a number of grand estate homes for sale in Florence, but there are a variety of options for every buyer. Florence homes are constructed in a myriad of styles, but primarily exist in Colonial, traditional and Tudor styles.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Located just across the border in Kentucky, Florence is a residential community part of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. Florence is the second-largest city in Northern Kentucky and one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. Residents may partake in the fast-paced environment of Cincinnati, located about 12 miles away, while also enjoying the laid-back lifestyle of the Kentucky countryside. With a well-known water tower reading “Florence Y’all,” this is a welcoming and friendly community staying true to its Southern roots.
The city is home to the Florence Freedom independent minor league baseball team, which has played at UC Health Stadium in Florence since 2004. Major employers in Florence include St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Boone County Schools, SWECO, Meritor, Linimar, Walmart, Costco Wholesale, and the City of Florence. There are a number of parks in Florence, including Florence Nature Park, Stringtown Park, South Fork Park, Fox Run Park and more.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
Florence is served by Boone County Schools, which includes 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and a variety of alternative programs. There are a number of private schools in the area, including Heritage Academy, Saint Paul Catholic School, St. Henry Catholic School, and more. Gateway Community and Technical College is located in Florence. Additionally, there are a number of colleges and universities within reach, including Strayer University, Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati Christian University, University of Cincinnati and more.
The area now known as Florence was originally called Crossroads, as it was the location of the convergence of roads from Burlington and Union. By the year 1821, the area was called Maddentown after Thomas Madden, a Covington attorney who owned and operated a farm in the area. When Madden moved away in 1828, the area was called Connersville after Jacob Conner, a settler who assumed responsibility for the growing town. It was finally renamed Florence because there was already a Connersville in Harrison County. There is no clear answer about why the name Florence was chosen, but it was presumably named after Florence, Italy. The town was incorporated in 1830 and grew rapidly after the construction of the Covington-Lexington Turnpike in 1836.
The town is renowned for its infamous water tower reading “Florence Y’all,” that is visible from I-71 and I-75. The tower was originally painted with the words “Florence Mall” to advertise an upcoming mall development. However, because the mall was not built yet, the tower violated highway restrictions and the city was forced to change the wording. Instead of repainting the whole tower, they decided to change the “M” to a “Y” and intended to eventually change it back once the mall was built. Instead, local residents embraced the new proclamation so the city decided to leave it as such.