Considering Northern Kentucky as its own Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the region would rank third in Kentucky in population, trailing Lexington (517,916) and Louisville (1.284 million). Although NKY is the smallest of these three “metros,” it consistently punches above its weight class.

NKY’s real GDP grew 42.9% between 2011 and 2021, more than double the rate of growth for Louisville (19.6%) and nearly double the rate for Lexington (22.1%). The state of Kentucky grew by 12.6% during this same timeframe.

In 2021, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties exported $12.7 billion in products, led by transportation equipment, machinery, and chemicals, accounting for nearly 43% of Kentucky’s total exports and 54% of the Cincinnati MSA’s exports.

Read more about NKY’s economic impact in an Op-Ed by BE NKY CEO Lee Crume in The Lane Report: