The communities of Jefferson County offer tree-lined streets, small-town charm and the southern hospitality that has made Louisville famous. Derby Day is a special time and signifies that spring has arrived and beautiful flowers, shrubs and flowering trees abound.
Prospect is a Fourth Class city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky's city designation system. That means it has the right to have its own police department, its own city services and has the final say-so on zoning issues. Despite its size, Prospect has plenty of economic clout with the highest per capita income by zip code in the Commonwealth.
Prospect has been the home of more Homearamas than any other place in Jefferson County. Homearama is a showcase of new and innovative homes sponsored by the Homebuilders Association of Louisville.
The city hosts numerous community events during the year. Boomsday is the name given to the community celebration on the Fourth of July, which includes a parade for the youngsters and the young at heart, a community picnic at which a band plays, clowns and other entertainment is provided and games are held for the children. The celebration is topped off with the City's fireworks display, which is one of the largest in the area. As the summer takes hold, residents relax to Gazebo Concerts in the town’s main square. Halloween is a special fun time in the city with the Mayor’s Great “Pun’kin Paintin’” Contest and costume parade. During the holiday season its time for Light Up Prospect, which coincides with the Light Up Louisville and the Festival.
The schools in the area are excellent. The Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is the 26th largest school district in the United States. More than 95,000 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. JCPS students attend one of 86 elementary schools, 23 middle schools, 20 high schools or 23 other learning centers. The District's average student-teacher ratio is an excellent 18 to 1. The district is a leader in technology. More than 17,000 computers are in JCPS classrooms, labs, and libraries, bringing the student-computer ratio to 5.3 to 1.
The commitment to education has netted the district's numerous advantages including 193 National Merit Semifinalists since 2000, the most in the region. More than $55 million in college scholarships was awarded to the Class of 2001 and the district posted a 97.5 percent graduate success rate (from high school to college or employment). Students SAT composite score of 1,075 is 50 points above the national composite score.
Local institutions of higher learning include Bellarmine College, Spalding University, University of Louisville and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Recreational opportunities abound with numerous local parks and recreational centers. The nearby Ohio River offers a myriad of water-related activities. There are numerous championship golf courses located in the area as well.
Louisville has many attractions. The largest one is the world's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby. Louisville is home to the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Louisville Slugger Baseball bats and museum. Because 60% of the United States is within 600 miles of Louisville, it makes an ideal headquarters for many companies. There are many activities for the whole family to enjoy. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, The new Waterfront Park, one of the largest state fairs in the country and a multitude of parks, lakes and forests to enjoy around the surrounding area.