Tucked away within the rolling hills of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, you can find the small town of Edgewood. Though Kentucky has played a long and storied part of American history, dating back to its split from Virginia in 1792, the city of Edgewood is still in its infancy. Edgewood was incorporated by an act of the Kentucky state assembly in 1948. Twenty years later, it merged with two other nearby cities (Summit Hills Heights and Pius Heights), with the new city government taking over on January 1, 1969.
In January 2019, the city picked up the honor of being named Kentucky’s best city to live in by 24/7 Wall St. in a study published in USA Today. When expanding the list nationally, Edgewood ranked #17.
A bedroom community with close proximity to the bright lights of Cincinnati, the city of Edgewood pairs peace and serenity with access to a major metropolis. Since its incorporation some 30 years ago, the city has grown to have a reputation of a comfortable and cozy community that is both alluring and welcoming. It’s for that reason and more that city leaders like to say “every day is a walk in the park” in Edgewood.
For this quaint little hamlet, city life revolves around Edgewood’s beautiful two parks: Presidents Park and Freedom Park.
Presidents Park is a 20-acre park with tons of amenities for residents and visitors of all ages. In addition to the sprawling green space, you’ll find a full basketball court, two tennis courts, two baseball fields, sand volleyball court, playground area, public pavilion and several shelters that Edgewood residents can rent. The park also houses a charming clock tower, presidential walkway and the spectacular White House Event Center.
Smaller in size than Presidents Park, but just as much of a community pillar, is Freedom Park. This amenity-rich spot has two sand volleyball courts, playground, two basketball courts, baseball field, soccer field, football field and a private shelter that only Edgewood residents can rent. In a nod to its all-American feel, Freedom Park also has a veteran’s memorial and a memorial for the victims of 9/11.
Both parks routinely hold events, including concerts, fireworks, holiday celebrations, yoga and even “Mommy and Me” painting classes. The city posts a comprehensive events calendar on its website that provides all the local happenings that residents can take advantage of.
Just up the road, Cincinnati has everything you could ask for. From the professional sports with Major League Baseball’s Reds and the National Football League’s Bengals, to restaurants and activities along Riverwalk, there’s plenty to do in The Queen City. You can also find relaxing outdoor spots like Eden Park and Washington Park and family-friendly destinations like the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky also offer the thrills of gaming and gambling with an assortment of casinos in the area. Enjoy thousands of gaming machines, table games, live poker and more, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The area’s casinos also feature restaurants and eateries that cater to any palate, with meals that span from casual to gourmet.
The city of Edgewood is flanked to the north by Crestview Hills, to the northeast by Fort Wright, to the east by Covington and to the south and west by Erlanger. Edgewood sits within Kenton County, which is one of the only counties in the state to have two legally recognized county seats (Covington and Independence).
Despite its small size, Edgewood is the home of a world-class hospital—St. Elizabeth—which has routinely picked up awards for the performance of its staff. Over the years, pundits have recognized the facility for being “high performing” in geriatrics, pulmonology, heart failure, COPD, heart bypass surgery and many other specialties.
The city has a total of seven schools that serve children in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Edgewood also has one of Gateway Community and Technical College’s three campuses. The school is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and offers a wide variety of associate degree programs, diplomas and certificates.
Transportation in and around Edgewood is quite easy thanks to the famed Dixie Highway, which runs right through the city. Interstate 275, a beltway that circles the perimeter of Cincinnati, can be found just north of the Edgewood city limits.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is about a 15-minute drive from the city of Edgewood, offering locals non-stop air service to 63 destinations throughout North America and Europe. In terms of overall cargo operations, it’s been reported that the airport ranks fourth in North America.
Demographic Breakdown for Edgewood (source: City Data)
Estimated median household income in 2016: $97,913
Median resident age: 46.9
Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $212,639
Median gross rent in 2016 for apartments: $952
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