The District of Highlands was incorporated in 1867 and Highland Heights was founded in 1927. Lying just south of Fort Thomas along U.S. 27, it was predominantly a quiet, residential town until the early 1970s. Since the opening of Northern Kentucky University in 1971 as well as I-471, Highland Heights has seen a great deal of change, with new shopping areas and subdivisions and condominium communities. There are 6,900 residents.
Highland Heights prides itself on being the home of Northern Kentucky University, which is a focal point for the Northern Kentucky community and is making a significant impact on the economic and intellectual climate of the entire metropolitan area.
Public transportation is provided by TANK, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky. US 27 and I-471 connect Highland Heights to Cincinnati. It is a 20-minute drive to the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
St. Elizabeth East in nearby Fort Thomas is available. Doctors offices are located in the city. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is available.
There are many local stores and restaurants in Highland Heights. Crestview Towne Center is a short drive. Florence Mall with over 100 stores is about 15-minutes away.
The "Highland Heights Nature Trail" offers four miles of trails. The city provides two parks with limited facilities. There are several annual events sponsored by the city: Easter egg hunt, Memorial and Veteran’s Day events, to name a few. The BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University hosts many events – from comedians, to sports to concerts and more. Students also enjoy the NKU rec center.