Covington, Kentucky

Covington Business Signs

Covington is a city located in the northern-most portion of the present-day U.S. state of Kentucky.  Prior to incursions by those of European ancestry, this area had been inhabited by native peoples such as the Shawnee for thousands of years.  As for Covington, Kentucky itself, however, the area where it would be built was known as The Point, due to its position at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio Rivers.  However, John & Richard Gano and Thomas Carneal purchased The Point in 1814 – and by 1815 they had laid out the settlement of Covington, Kentucky.  Covington, Kentucky was named in honor of General Leonard Covington, who was killed at the Battle of Crysler’s Farm during the War of 1812.  Covington, Kentucky was then officially incorporated in 1816 and subsequently incorporated again – this time into a city – in 1834.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Covington, Kentucky has a total population of 40,797 people.  This makes it the fifth-most populous city in the state of Kentucky.  Covington, Kentucky is also considered part of the cross-state Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.  The Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area, according to that same 2016 estimate, has a total population of 2,137,406 people.  This makes it the 28th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States.

Covington, Kentucky’s 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report concluded the largest employer in its area to be the Internal Revenue Service, responsible for 4,500 local jobs.  Coming in at second was Fidelity Investments, responsible for the employment of 3,923 locals.  Covington Independent Public Schools came in third, employing 760 people, while Club Chef provided 659 locals their income.

Covington, Kentucky is really no longer known for its economy.  It is, however, known for several buildings and other structures listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Possibly the most unique of these structures is the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge.  As well as being listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge, as it is also known as, is also considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  Built by architect John A. Roebling between 1856 and 1867, this bridge (at the time of its completion) was the longest suspension bridge in the world, clocking in at 1,057 feet (or 322 meters) along its main span.

Elsewhere in the city of Covington, Kentucky, there are many old churches listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, which was built in 1895, is a Late Gothic Revival minor basilica designed by architect Leon Coquard and inspired by Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  Mother of God Roman Catholic Church is not only listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it is also considered a U.S. Historic District.  This church was built in 1842.  Other churches listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places located in the city of Covington, Kentucky include the St. Augustine Catholic Church Complex and Trinity Episcopal Church.  The latter of these churches was also founded in 1842.

Do you, by any chance, own a small business in and/or around the Covington, Kentucky area?  Have you perchance considered launching such an epic quest?  Should you do so, these resources listed below will guide you in your endeavor:

Apply for a Business License in Covington, Kentucky

Business in the City of Covington, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

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