Radcliff, Kentucky is a thriving community where people from all walks of life live, work and play. Ranked as the most diverse city in the Commonwealth, Radcliff offers a variety of opportunities and attractions for families, individuals, businesses and visitors.
A home rule class city located in Hardin County, Radcliff is adjacent to Fort Knox, the U.S. Army post from which much of the community’s diversity derives. This fusion of cultures creates a unique level of understanding among citizens, facilitating collaboration and cooperation. An added benefit of Radcliff’s diversity is the city’s wealth of authentic ethnic cuisine, including Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean and Mexican.
Proximity to Fort Knox also puts Radcliff within reach of the newly renovated General George Patton Museum and the United States Bullion Depository, better known as the nation’s “Gold Vault”. Radcliff is home to the Kentucky September 11th Memorial on the grounds of Veterans Cemetery and the Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility that’s committed to serving Kentucky’s veterans with compassionate care.
Regardless of life stage, plenty of attractive and affordable housing options are available in Radcliff. A variety of new rental properties, large family homes and senior living communities make Radcliff an ideal place to live.
Educational opportunities abound for residents of all ages. Award-winning public and faith-based private schools are located in Radcliff, and a higher education has never been more accessible here. Associate degrees are available at McKendree University, located in Radcliff, and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College just a few miles down the road. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees are available at both McKendree and Western Kentucky University Elizabethtown/Fort Knox.
Kentucky is known worldwide for its bourbon, and Radcliff is home to Hardin County’s only bourbon distillery. Boundary Oak Distillery offers tours and tastings in addition to products available for purchase on-site.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve is among Radcliff’s hidden gems. Its 26 acres are ideal for hiking, biking, picnicking and studying nature.
Children will love the city’s well-maintained parks and playgrounds, as well as Blazers Fun Zone, a 22,000 square foot family entertainment center that features inflatables, laser tag, miniature golf, a skating rink and more.
The Hardin County Performing Arts Center is also located in Radcliff. It offers quality theatrical and cultural experiences the entire community can enjoy.
Quality, reliable healthcare has long been a hallmark of the area thanks to Hardin Memorial Hospital. It is the only healthcare system dedicated exclusively to caring for and investing in the people who live in Hardin County and nine other counties in the region.
These are just a few of the reasons more than 22,500 people call Radcliff, Kentucky home and countless others visit to take advantage of all this community has to offer.
The area known today as the city of Radcliff was once known as the Mill Creek area of Kentucky, shown by the first map of Kentucky published by John Filson in 1784. Throughout the next century or two, Radcliff saw the likes of Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Jesse James and World War II soldiers pass through its lands. It was named after Major William Radcliffe, head of the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Henry Knox (known today as Fort Knox) in 1919.
- Population: (2016 estimates): 22,490
- Median Age: 34.7 years
- Median Household Income: $47,372
- Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing: $136,484
- Percentage of Population Unemployed: 8.0%
- Land area: 12.39 square miles
- Location: Hardin County, Ky. 5 minutes to U.S. Army Base Fort Knox, 10 miles to Elizabethtown, 40 miles to Louisville, 110 miles to Lexington, served by US 31W freeway
- Recreation: 4 parks
- City Song: “We’re Proud to Call it Home” - by Randy Davidson
- Name: Radcliff is named for Major William Radcliffe, head of the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Henry Knox (known today as Fort Knox) in 1919.