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KENTUCKY

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Best Cities in Kentucky to Form Your LLC

Kentucky is home to two large cities — Louisville and Lexington — as well as many much smaller ones.

Starting an LLC in Louisville, KY

Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains and is located on the Ohio River, where it remains a major port.

  • Area of city and county: 398 square miles
  • Population: 770,000
  • Population density: 1,900 people/square mile
  • Cost of living: 8 percent below national average; housing is 21 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: EST
  • Sales tax: 6 percent

Major Industries in Louisville, KY

Shipping, logistics and distribution are major industries in Louisville. The city is also home to several major manufacturers, whiskey and bourbon distilleries, and (more recently) technology.

Starting an LLC in Lexington, KY

Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and is located near the center of the state. It is known as the horse capital of the world and is also at the center of Bluegrass music, tradition and culture.

  • Area of city and county: 286 square miles
  • Population: 319,000
  • Population density: 1,040 people/square mile
  • Cost of living: 5 percent below national average; housing is 8 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: EST
  • Sales tax: 6 percent

Major Industries in Lexington, KY

Lexington has a strong and stable economy, with a particular focus on manufacturing and technology. Government services and healthcare are also well-represented in the city.

Starting an LLC in Bowling Green, KY

Bowling Green is the third-largest city in the state and was listed as one of the top 25 places to retire. The city is a center for manufacturing.

  • Area of city: 36 square miles
  • Population: 65,000
  • Population density: 1,400 people/square mile
  • Cost of living: 8 percent below national average; housing is 20 percent cheaper
  • Time zone: CST
  • Sales tax: 6 percent

Major Industries in Bowling Green, KY

In addition to manufacturing, Bowling Green is moving to a knowledge-based, technology-focused economy. Professional and business services as well as leisure and hospitality are other sectors seeing strong growth.

Starting an LLC in Owensboro, KY

Owensboro is the fourth-largest city in the state and has a modern, expanding community and economy.

  • Area of city: 20 square miles
  • Population: 59,000
  • Population density: 3,060 people/square mile
  • Time zone: CST
  • Sales tax: 6 percent

Major Industries in Owensboro, KY

Healthcare, finance, education and food manufacturing are all important to the area’s economy.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Kentucky?

Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$40 1 Week 2 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: Between January 1st and June 30th.

Filing Fee:$15

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