🇺🇸 Berea is a home rule-class city in Madison County, Kentucky, in the United States. The town is best known for its art festivals, historic restaurants and buildings, and as the home to Berea College, a private liberal arts college. It is one of the fastest-growing towns in Kentucky, having increased by 27.4% since 2000. Berea is a principal city of the Richmond−Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Madison and Rockcastle counties. It was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1890.
The city is located along Interstate 75, which runs to the west of downtown, with access from exits 76 and 77. Via I-75, Lexington is 40 mi (64 km) north, and Knoxville, Tennessee is 134 mi (216 km) south. U.S. Route 25 is the main highway through the centre of town, leading north 14 mi (23 km) to Richmond, the Madison County seat, and south 17 mi (27 km) to Mount Vernon. Kentucky Route 21 also runs through the city as well, leading east 6 mi (10 km) to Bighill and north-west 10 mi (16 km) to Paint Lick. Berea is located on the border of the Cumberland Plateau. The area has a mountainous appearance, but most outcroppings in the area have a maximum elevation of 2,500 feet or 760 metres.
Economy Major employers include: • Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas (auto parts) • Kentucky Steel Center (auto parts) • KI (USA) (auto parts) • STEMCO Motor Wheel (auto parts) • NACCO Materials Handling Group (forklifts) • Novelis (metals) • Pittsburgh Glass Works (auto parts) • Wal-Mart • Berea College • City of Berea • Madison County School System
Berea has a population of over 13,561 people. Berea also forms part of the wider Richmond-Berea Micropolitan Area which has a population of over 107,093 people. Berea is situated 23 km south of Richmond.