You know you’re from Northern Kentucky when…


Northern Kentucky Counties

Northern Kentucky Counties


A little geography history about NKY


Northern Kentucky is composed of three major counties (Boone, Kenton, and Campbell) which sit directly south of Cincinnati, OH and are in a crevice that is surrounded by the Ohio River. In addition to the 3 major counties, some also include Grant and Pendleton as part of the Northern Kentucky area.


 So, with that said: You know you’re from Northern Kentucky when…


  1. You measure the distance in minutes.
  2. Up North to you means Ohio.
  3. You know a lot of people who have hit a deer.
  4. Your school classes were cancelled because of cold.
  5. You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.
  6. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. (Example:”Where’s my coat at?”)
  7. You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, pop, and chili.
  8. You carry jumper cables in your car.
  9. You know what “cow tipping” or “opossum Kicking” is.
  10. You only own 4 spices: salt, pepper, cinnamon, and ketchup.
  11. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  12. You find 10 degrees F “a little chilly” and wear shorts, flip flops and t-shirts until it gets below 50.
  13. You know all 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction.
  14. You know what Ale-8 is.
  15. Your idea of a three-way is chili over spaghetti topped with shredded cheddar.
  16. You have been to California, Florence, Verona, and Over-the-Rhine in one day
  17. Indiana is about 20 miles away, but it takes about four hours to get there.
  18. It’s too cold in the winter, and too hot and humid in the summer to ever stay outside for very long.
  19. You have referred to someone as a cake eater or pig farmer.
  20. You have heard people say they don’t like crossing the river and they were talking about the Licking not the Ohio.
  21. Chocolate and cinnamon, not peppers and beans, are in your chili.
  22. You can drive 30 minutes in any direction to hear a different accent than your own.
  23. You can accurately judge people’s social status by which Kroger’s store they shop at more often.
  24. You can go to any church festival in any neighborhood on any weekend and see at least five people you either work with, went to school with, or dated.
  25. Any carbonated beverage is a “pop.”
  26. You honestly believe that Pete Rose should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Okay, well some do.)
  27. You have more stadiums, Coliseum, and arenas than you know what to do with.
  28. Either you or someone you know went to school with Shaun Alexander, David Justice, or George Clooney.
  29. You know what a pony keg is.
  30. You have ever bought a crave case for a carload of drunk people at 4 in the morning at White Castle.
  31. An all-boys or all-girls school does not seem that odd to you.
  32. You know what cream ale is, and you think that cream soda should be bright red.
  33. You think Ohioans don’t take a test to get their driver’s license.
  34. You know that the Cincinnati airport is not even in OHIO! Also that the airport symbol (CVG) stands for Covington, KY and the airport is actually in Hebron, KY…not Cincinnati nor Covington,
  35. There are many tri-state areas across this great nation of ours but the one that always sticks in your mind is Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.
  36. 36. During a taste test you can tell the difference between the following chili’s: Skyline, Dixie, Empress, and Gold Star, and have almost been in a fist fight over which one is the best.
  37. You go to “Cookouts” not “BBQ’s”.
  38. Anytime anyone asks you where you graduated from, you answer (without hesitation) your high school, not your college.
  39. You take a leisurely summer drive through a suburban neighborhood and you see 5 or more corn hole games being played!
  40. You have had to take a different road because the one you were on was flooded.
  41. You have been at a Waffle House and watched someone put ketchup on their scrambled eggs and hash browns.
  42. You add an “s” to the end of grocery store names, such as Kroger(s), Meijer(s) & Wal*Mart(s).
  43. You can buy milk or beer by driving your automobile through a drive-through pole-barn.
  44. You refer to the animal shelter/dog pound as “the SPCA”, much to the bewilderment of people who have not lived in a city with this independent, non-government organization.
  45. You believe LaRosa’s is fine Italian dining (WITH GREAT SPAGHETTI SAUCE) and carry a “Buddy Card”.
  46. You know what brats, metts and goetta are.
  47. You have considered decorating your house in a UK theme, and know that a buckeye is a useless nut.
  48. A hoagie is a piece of cube steak with pizza sauce or mushroom sauce and cheese. Not a deli meat sandwich.
  49. When you say please in an attempt to get a person to repeat what they just said.
  50. When asked where you’re from, you say Northern Kentucky, instead of just plain old Kentucky.
  51. You can honestly say that Rodger Bingham lives only a half hour away from you at most.
  52. Only when you’re from there can you CORRECTLY pronounce Crittenden and Corinth.
  53. When you tell people you’re from Kentucky, and they don’t believe you due to your lack of an accent.
  54. There are about 20 malls in a 20-mile radius.
  55. You can drive 10 min. north and be downtown Cincinnati, or 10 min. south and be in farm country.
  56. You have a water tower that actually says “Y’all” on it. If someone asks where you live and you say, “You know where that water tower is…” and chances are, they know.
  57. You have million-dollar mansions less than a mile from acres of trailer parks.
  58. When there’s a yard sale every weekend…even when it’s cold.
  59. You got overly excited about the chance to drive 70 mph on the highway.
  60. You are able to use the term “Three Way” in a non sexual context.


– author unknown




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19 Responses to You know you’re from Northern Kentucky when…

  1. dixie johnson king babb says:

    ha ha, this blog was down home. i am 76 so some of this ya’ll started. ha ha. born in CVG, lived young life in Bullitsville, hebron, florence. and for a while in West Chester, OH, when it was still farm land. I transplanted to Georgia in 1958. married and raised a family. But Florence has always been our gathering place for reunions. God bless.

  2. I love your blog I grew up in Gubsers Mill aka Twelve Mile which is in the southern part of Campbell County and I absolutely had the best childhood growing up in the “boonies” as people would call it but now people are there, huh I wonder why? Ask a twelve miler and they will tell you. Again thanks for the blog

  3. Polly Steinhauser says:

    Your blog is great. Your Northern KY piece is perfect. I’m a Cincinnati transplant living in a report… What is cow tipping and opposum kicking?
    Keep it coming.
    Oh and I loathe hearing ” at ” ending a sentence!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I now live in Phoenix, AZ and I miss all the Euro names such as Florence, italy, Falmouth, england, Paris, france, Hebron, Mt. Olive, etc.
    You can go to Northern Ky. and think you have visited Europe.

  5. macjam47 says:

    You have to be from Northern Kentucky. I am from Loveland, OH.
    Love your blog!

  6. suecoletta says:

    Your list is very funny! I actually know what cow tipping is, but have never heard of opposum kicking 🙂

  7. I’ve lived in NKY my entire life so I can relate to just about all of this lol love it!!

  8. kcharbneau says:

    Reblogged this on Kay's Blog Spot and commented:
    Had to repost this being from southern Ohio. I’m thinkin’ we need to move lol!

  9. kcharbneau says:

    So shameless. I’m from southern Ohio and can relate all too well lol! I must reblog this 🙂

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