Fort Knox Relocation Information
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Welcome to Fort Knox!
Fort Knox is located at 111 East Chaffee Avenue, Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121. The post is situated in north central Kentucky, adjacent to the city of Radcliff, 15 miles north of Elizabethtown, and approximately 45 miles south of Louisville. Other nearby cities include Vine Grove, Cecilia, Rineyville, Bardstown, and Brandenburg, KY.
Fort Knox’s quiet location gives residents the ability to take advantage of city life as well as outdoor adventures throughout the Kentucky landscape.
Operating since World War I, Fort Knox has a long history of supporting and fighting for our country’s efforts. Most recently, the post has expanded from its artillery beginnings to embrace a wider base inviting more diverse units to meet the broader needs of the Army. From state-of-the-art training to programs to improve and maintain a higher quality of life and support for military families who call this duty station home, Fort Knox is a well-oiled machine.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Knox
1. What city is near Fort Knox?
Fort Knox lies just 45 minutes south of Louisville, Kentucky—the state’s largest city. Among exciting attractions, incredible shopping and dining, and historical sites, this Kentucky/Ohio border city is also home to Churchill Downs and hosts the Kentucky Derby.
2. What is Fort Knox known for?
Among its extensive history, Fort Knox is best known for the United States Bullion Depository, which used to house a large portion of the country’s gold reserves and sits adjacent to the military installation.
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3. What units are stationed at Fort Knox?
Fort Knox is home to a large number of tenants:
4. Is Fort Knox a good duty station?
A common question when moving to a new military installation is, is it a good duty station? The answer largely depends on you—your preferences, priorities, and perspective will determine whether or not Fort Knox is a favorable duty station. However, looking at the facts, the high number of amenities, support programs, outdoor adventures, along with access to a bustling city, it all points to yes.
5. What is the zip code for Fort Knox?
The zip code for Fort Knox is 40121. Other nearby zip codes include 40122, 40160, 40108, and 401701.
6. What is the BAH for Fort Knox?
BAH for Fort Knox ranges from $1,095 for E-1 to $1,836 for E-9 with dependents, and from $1,209 for O-1 to $2,244 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.
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Base Location and Information
Official Site: Fort Knox
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Measuring just over 109 acres, Fort Knox is a Kentucky city. Its community makes it more densely populated than a few of the surrounding towns and offers a slew of amenities that offer residents a fun place to call home.
But when you’re ready to drive through the gates and re-enter civilian life, there’s much to do. Louisville, just 45 minutes north of Fort Knox, is your playground. Though it’s widely known as home to the Kentucky Derby (start shopping for your hat now), there’s even more that this great city has to offer. There are enough sight-seeing destinations to keep you busy all day (the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Kentucky Derby Museum, the Muhammed Ali Center, distilleries, ghost tours, and more!).
But it’s likely the family activities like the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Nature Center, the Kentucky Science Center, and more that will make a drive to Louisville part of your normal routine.
Closer to post, you’ll find small towns and cities complete with charming downtown areas. Elizabethtown is the destination for a quick bite or a little shopping out on the town, as it’s no more than a 30-minute drive south of Fort Knox. However, if you’re looking to get away for a long weekend and explore a new area, Nashville, Tennessee, is less than three hours away and St. Louis is just over four!
Nearby military installations:
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The Holiday Inn Express Newgarden Inn handles arrival lodging for incoming military families. Their rooms come with refrigerators and cooktops as well as a complimentary breakfast every morning. Among well-equipped guestrooms to make your stay more pleasurable, they offer an on-post shuttle service to help make getting around a little easier as you get acclimated to your new duty station.
Book online (link above) or call 1-877-711-TEAM.
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Fort Knox Housing
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On post housing is privatized and managed by Knox Hills by Lendlease. This community not only offers convenience to Fort Knox amenities, schools, work, and medical care, they supply you with fitness centers, playgrounds, a splash pad, a dog park (along with dog-friendly homes), the golf course, and more!
41 West Chaffee Ave.
Fort Knox, KY 40121
Fort Knox Off-Base Housing
View homes for sale and houses for rent near Fort Knox: Fort Knox Homes
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Military families who choose to live off post settle into the surrounding small towns like Radcliff, Vine Grove, or Elizabethtown. Radcliff (closest to Fort Knox and about six minutes from the post) is one of the most heavily military veteran populated areas in the state. Vine Grove is the smallest of these at just 6,000 people. And Elizabethtown, a small city, is the shopping and dining destination for residents in the region. It’s 25 minutes from Fort Knox.
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Fort Knox BAH Information
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
Fort Knox is near Louisville, KY with many options to buy or rent. Some sample Fort Knox BAH rates for zip code 40121:
- E-1 with dependents: $1,095
- E-1 without dependents: $858
- E-9 with dependents: $1,836
- E-9 without dependents: $1,377
- O-1 with dependents: $1,209
- O-1 without dependents: $1,029
- O-7 with dependents: $2,244
- O-7 without dependents: $1,773
Fort Knox Weather & Climate
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At Fort Knox, you’ll find four distinct seasons: hot summer months, snowy winter nights, gorgeous autumns, and lush springtime. Aside from giving you opportunities to enjoy your favorite times of the year, the climate lays the foundation for endless outdoor adventure.
While snowy roads can present a concern here during the wintertime, but the more pressing issue is tornadoes. The springtime brings destruction to the Louisville area more frequently than the rest of the state. To learn more about tornadoes, how to prepare for them, and what to expect, visit Kentucky Emergency Management Tornado Safety.
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Fort Knox Area Schools
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Military families with young school-age kids who live on post at Fort Knox fall under the DODEA Fort Knox Schools. With four schools, two elementary, one intermediate, and one middle/high school, your students will get their education close to home.
Families with school-age kids who live off base in Radcliff, Vine Grove, and Elizabethtown fall under the Hardin County School District and Elizabethtown Independent School District.
If you’re looking for private school education for your children, Private School Review is a great tool to help you find the right fit for you and your family.
Families interested in homeschooling should follow the Kentucky Department of Education homeschool regulations. For any questions or concerns, contact the School Support Services.
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Support for Military and Families
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Military families will find a slow-paced lifestyle here at Fort Knox. While the hustle and bustle lie close in Louisville, Fort Knox and the surrounding towns offer a quieter place to live.
It’s here that you may find yourself taking advantage of on-post amenities. The Barr Memorial Library, Houston Bowling Center, and the Fort Knox Water Park offer entertainment just within your local military community. Plus, if you want to embrace the outdoors and shake up your daily routine, you’ll find Camp Carlson Army Recreational Center your to-go. With traditional campsites and cabins, they offer a variety of camping options (even the ones who don’t want to “rough it”).
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While you’ll find employers right off post in Elizabethtown, like the Hardin County Board of Education, the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation, Elizabethtown Independent School District, and more, you’ll find even more employment options in Louisville, if you’re willing to make the commute every day.
For those looking to further their education, the University of Louisville, University of Louisville College of Business, Sullivan University College of Nursing, plus a few more community colleges both in Louisville and closer to post.
Some helpful links:
111 East Chaffee Avenue Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121