Berea is a principal city of the Richmond-Berea area, which includes Madison and Rockcastle counties. It is the fastest growing town in Kentucky and one of the fastest growing in the nation. One of its most well-known institutions is Berea College, which was founded in 1855. Berea is a tourist attraction due to the high number of arts and crafts produced. Come to Berea and enjoy its several annual festivals throughout the year.