Welcome Letter

Welcome to Richmond, Kentucky located in the heart of Madison County and the heart of the BlueRichmond City Hallgrass State. You will find Richmond, the county seat of Madison County, to be a unique blend of small-town warmth and security while still having access to the advantages of a big city.

Richmond is located 26 miles south of Lexington, Horse Capital of the World, and 110 miles southeast of Louisville, home of Churchill Downs. This legendary racetrack is home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, held on the first Saturday in May every year. The metropolitan area of Cincinnati, Ohio is about 112 miles north with Knoxville, Tennessee 147 miles south.

There is so much growth and expansion going on in Madison County, in particular in Richmond. With the expansion of Madison Airport, the Town and Gown partnership with Eastern Kentucky University's dedication to initiate growth in Richmond, and the efforts of our Industrial Development Corporation, as well as the Urban Renewal and Development and Economic Development Committees at the Richmond Chamber, there are great changes ahead!

Industrial Parks

Our beautifully-designed Richmond Industrial parks are conveniently located 3 miles off I-75 Industrial South Park 2(Exit 83) via a four-lane highway and offer infrastructure, rail service, some of the lowest electric rates in the country, and are AT&T Fiber Ready. Richmond Industrial Park South, Richmond Industrial Park South II, and Richmond Industrial Park South III contain an aggregate total of 624 acres. There are 152 shovel-ready acres currently available in Richmond Industrial Park South III. The street, curbs, and gutters are installed and the environmental, archaeological, wetland, geotechnical, karst, and other due diligence assessments have been completed. The terrain of the park features gently rolling hills and lots that can be configured to suit almost any need.


Richmond's location allows connection to global markets via Interstate 75 running north and south through the center of Madison County. Interstate 75 has seven interchanges in Madison County with three of those serving Richmond. Interstate 64 runs east and west 20 minutes north. CSX rail is adjacent to Park III and air travel is available from various airports nearby. Executive jet access at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport (formerly Madison Airport) and commercial access through Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati are readily available.


Because we are progressive and forward-thinking, we provide infrastructure and help facilitate Work Ready Communitycontinuing education to create quality jobs for all people of Richmond, Madison County, and surrounding counties. We understand that jobs provided by local industry enable our residents to enjoy a higher than average quality of life and revenue to the community in the form of taxes provides a solid foundation for needed services.

As of March 2016, Madison County's Civilian Labor Force was at 44,668 with an unemployment rate of 4.6% which is below the state and national averages. Our 13-county Labor Market Area's Civilian Labor Force was at 360,777 with an unemployment rate of 4.8%. Madison County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community.

There are many more reasons that Richmond, Madison County is the place to be - Eastern Kentucky University; Richmond has a 105-bed acute care hospital; cost of living is lower than the national average; affordable housing; four seasons; arts; entertainment; shopping and dining…