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Boone County Highlights

The third most populous county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Boone County is located at the largest bend of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. Historically, the county’s economy was driven by agriculture, but the development of an international airport in the 1940s and one of the most traveled interstates in the county two decades later helped accelerate the suburban growth that began around 1950. Today, the rural landscape of Boone County continues to be transformed by residential, commercial, and industrial development.


Named in honor of Daniel Boone, the county was founded in 1798 and occupies over 256 sq. miles in the northern part of the Commonwealth. Over 118,000 residents call Boone County home as do many large companies, including DHL Express, retailers, restaurants, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


Boone County is home to three major cities - Florence, Union, and Walton – as well as Burlington (county seat) and Oakbrook. Several other smaller but wonderful communities are also located within the county including Big Bone, Bullittsville, Hamilton, Hebron, Petersburg, Rabbit Hash (whose mayor is a dog!), Richwood, Taylorsport, and Verona.


Boone County is located just a few minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio and is less than 100 miles north of both Lexington and Louisville, the Commonwealth’s two largest cities. The county is bordered by Kenton County to the east, the state of Indiana to the west, and Gallatin and Grant counties to the south.


Boone County Living

Whether you are looking to relocate to a beautiful apartment just minutes from downtown Cincinnati, or move to a friendly community to start a family or escape the hustle and bustle of city life by settling into a quiet home in the country, Boone County offers a variety of affordable housing options for every type of buyer.


Boone County Schools

The Boone County School District is the third largest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and consists of 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, and four high schools (Boone County, Conner, Cooper, and Ryle). In all, there are nearly 20,000 students in the district which has been recognized across the nation as a quality school system.


In addition to public schools, there are eight private schools in the county that serve just under 2,000 students. Finally, Gateway Community and Technical College also offers classes in energy, welding, manufacturing, electric, and more at its Boone County campus in Florence.


Boone County Recreation

Whether you prefer to play outdoors, enjoy dining out and nights at the movies, or shopping both indoors and out, Boone County is the perfect place to have some fun.


Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many great parks and historic sites in the county, including Big Bone Lick State Park (don’t miss the bison herds!), Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Woods, the Abner Gaines House, Dinsmore Homestead, and England Idlewild and Dog Park. Many of the parks offer a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, swimming, paddle boating, and more.


Fans of golf should check out the World of Golf in Florence which offers a full 18-hole golf course, mini-golf, FootGolf, lessons, and a golf simulator. Prefer a sport that gets your heart pumping? Check out Turfway Park which features live and simulcast horse racing.


In addition to outdoor fun, Boone County is home to some of the best restaurants and shopping in the Tri-State area. From small mom and pop diners and shops to some of the most popular and recognizable national restaurants and retailers, Boone County has it all. Additionally, the Friendly Market, a large indoor marketplace for farmers and small local businesses, Burlington Antique Show, and the Richwood Flea Market also operate in Boone County and are perfect for those who love to browse on the weekends.



Boone County Weather

Boone County enjoys a comfortable four-season climate with average temperatures ranging from 30 degrees in January to 75 degrees in July.