Why Carlisle-Nicholas County, KY?

Carlisle-Nicholas County is certified "Work Ready"! A Kentucky Work Ready Community certification is a measure of our county’s workforce quality. It is an assurance to business and industry that the Carlisle-Nicholas County is committed to providing the highly-skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy.Carlisle-Nicholas County, Kentucky is located in the beautiful and historic Blue Grass Region, home of fine bourbon, horses and growing logistics hub. Keeping in line with this Kentucky heritage, Carlisle-Nicholas County is a beautiful rural community ripe with opportunity and charm. With affordable land, low tax rates, and available commercial real estate, Carlisle-Nicholas County is an ideal location to grow your current business and the ideal location to start your dream.
With the current expansion of U.S. 68, Carlisle-Nicholas County is becoming even more accessible to major markets and roadways. Located a mere 35 miles from Lexington, Kentucky, Carlisle-Nicholas County is ideally located near Interstates 75 and 64 and Lexington Blue Grass Airport, giving you easy access to the rest of the world.You can also find community resources and details at NicholasCounty.Ky.Gov

Top & Targeted Industries

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing And Hunting
    Agriculture is the backbone of Carlisle-Nicholas County and a high priority industry. We welcome anyone expanding their agribusiness in our community.
  • Transportation And Warehousing
    With Interstates 75 and 64 nearby and the expanding of Highway 68, Nicholas County continues to become an even more attractive and cost-effective location to benefit from urban access in an idyllic, rural environment with the least amount of red tape and bureaucracy. Bottom Line: We want your business and the community leadership is willing and able to support and assist you and your interests.
  • Manufacturing
    Textile manufacturing has been part of the fabric of Carlisle-Nicholas County going back to the days when Jockey employed over 500 people in our community. Now boutique businesses in Carlisle-Nicholas County are providing sewing and textile services and this is becoming a growing industry for our community. News feature on textiles in Carlisle-Nicholas County: http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article67317327.html

Our People

Our people are what define our community. In Nicholas County we believe in working together and helping others succeed. With a labor market area of over 508,899 to pull from, there is no doubt that we can meet your needs in Nicholas County. When you combine our labor market with opportunities through the Kentucky Skills Initiative, you'll find Carlisle-Nicholas County is not only "Work Ready", we are ready to work for you! 

Our Region

Carlisle-Nicholas County is blessed to be located in such a beautiful surrounding. So much so that Daniel Boone used to travel through Nicholas County on his way to the Licking River, now home to the Blue Licks State Park. Carlisle-Nicholas County is also the home of Forest Retreat, the estate of former Kentucky Governor and Senator Thomas Metcalfe. You will also find one of the most popular 4-H camps and the Clay Wildlife Reserve located in Nicholas County. If you are passionate about the outdoors, the Licking Valley Region has it all!

Join Our Community

If you are looking for the next business expansion or you're ready to start your new business, we invite you to come experience Carlisle-Nicholas County. We have affordable land, available buildings, and a capable workforce in a welcoming community that will make you feel like you belong.

Programs and Incentives

In addition to the many incentives offered in the State of Kentucky through the Cabinet for Economic Development, Nicholas County has been designated at a 'Enhanced County' which opens up even more possibilities for your growing business.

Did You Know?

  • Author Barbara Kingsolver grew up in Carlisle-Nicholas County!

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 7,153  
Median Age 41.1  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 432 8.89%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 3,684 75.82%
Civilian Labor Force 2,997 53.61%
Median Household Income $38,149  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Blue Grass
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Cincinnati Muni Airport Lunken Field
Wilmington Air Park
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Cynthiana-Harrison County
Gene Snyder
Georgetown-Scott County Rgnl
Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A Thomas Rgnl
Mount Sterling-Montgomery County