Best places to live in Kentucky

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March 31, 2021
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Best places to live in Kentucky

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Kentucky using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#25. Barbourmeade

- Population: 1,393
- Median home value: $288,000 (95% own)
- Median rent: $2,200 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $101,250
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)

- Pictured: 3612 Nandina Dr, Louisville ($435,000, 5 bedrooms)

#24. Pewee Valley

- Population: 1,592
- Median home value: $386,800 (92% own)
- Median rent: $1,167 (8% rent)
- Median household income: $117,885
- Top public schools: Kenwood Station Elementary School (A), South Oldham Middle School (A), South Oldham High School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Aloysius School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 104 Wooldridge Pl, Pewee Valley ($2.0 million, 6 bedrooms)

#23. Graymoor-Devondale

- Population: 2,943
- Median home value: $248,000 (72% own)
- Median rent: $919 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $76,493
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Albert the Great School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 7500 Tudor Ct, Louisville ($327,500, 3 bedrooms)

#22. Villa Hills

- Population: 7,449
- Median home value: $220,200 (89% own)
- Median rent: $933 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $90,929
- Top public schools: River Ridge Elementary School (A-), Dixie Heights High School (B+), Turkey Foot Middle School (B+)
- Top private schools: Villa Madonna Academy (A+)

- Pictured: 941 Rosewood Dr, Villa Hills ($2.1 million, 5 bedrooms)

#21. Crescent Springs

- Population: 4,036
- Median home value: $220,500 (57% own)
- Median rent: $729 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $70,414
- Top public schools: River Ridge Elementary School (A-), Dixie Heights High School (B+), Turkey Foot Middle School (B+)
- Top private schools: St. Joseph School (unavailable), Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy (unavailable), Crescent Springs KinderCare (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2439 Sierra Dr, Crescent Springs ($705,373, 4 bedrooms)

#20. St. Matthews

- Population: 18,161
- Median home value: $235,000 (53% own)
- Median rent: $1,031 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $62,152
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)
- Top private schools: Trinity High School (A), Walden School (A), Holy Trinity Parish School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4017 Brookfield Ave, Louisville ($625,000, 3 bedrooms)

#19. Lexington

- Population: 320,601
- Median home value: $189,800 (54% own)
- Median rent: $896 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $57,291
- Top public schools: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (A), Lafayette High School (A), Henry Clay High School (A)
- Top private schools: Sayre School (A+), Lexington Catholic High School (A), Lexington Christian Academy (A)

- Pictured: 450 The Grange Ln, Lexington ($4.7 million, 5 bedrooms)

#18. Crestview Hills

- Population: 3,300
- Median home value: $215,400 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,153 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $87,500
- Top public schools: Beechwood High School (A), Beechwood Elementary School (A), River Ridge Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 320 Crown Point Cir, Crestview Hills ($1.6 million, 5 bedrooms)

#17. Edgewood

- Population: 8,745
- Median home value: $225,600 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,166 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $104,912
- Top public schools: R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School (A-), Dixie Heights High School (B+), Ft. Wright Elementary School (B+)
- Top private schools: St. Pius X. Elementary School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 3086 Friars Ln, Edgewood ($2.0 million, 6 bedrooms)

#16. Beechwood Village

- Population: 1,306
- Median home value: $262,200 (80% own)
- Median rent: $994 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $83,125
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)

- Pictured: 218 Ring Rd, Louisville ($389,900, 4 bedrooms)

#15. Lakeside Park

- Population: 2,762
- Median home value: $253,200 (71% own)
- Median rent: $833 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $90,379
- Top public schools: Beechwood High School (A), Beechwood Elementary School (A), River Ridge Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Lakeside Presbyterian Kindergarten & Preschool (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2668 Buckeye Ct, Villa Hills ($1.2 million, 4 bedrooms)

#14. Wilder

- Population: 3,088
- Median home value: $140,000 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,070 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $66,190
- Top public schools: Donald E. Cline Elementary School (A), Campbell County High School (A), Crossroads Elementary School (B+)

- Pictured: 9 Queens View Ln, Wilder ($925,000, 4 bedrooms)

#13. Union

- Population: 5,910
- Median home value: $263,200 (94% own)
- Median rent: $1,814 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $125,051
- Top public schools: Randall K. Cooper High School (A), Larry A. Ryle High School (A), Erpenbeck Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 2264 Bleu Yacht Ln, Union ($949,800, 3 bedrooms)

#12. Crestwood

- Population: 4,973
- Median home value: $277,400 (75% own)
- Median rent: $872 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $104,457
- Top public schools: Kenwood Station Elementary School (A), South Oldham Middle School (A), South Oldham High School (A)

- Pictured: 7200 Limestone Ct, Crestwood ($849,900, 5 bedrooms)

#11. Fort Mitchell

- Population: 8,257
- Median home value: $272,200 (52% own)
- Median rent: $789 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $67,745
- Top public schools: Beechwood High School (A), Beechwood Elementary School (A), River Ridge Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Blessed Sacrament Elementary School (unavailable), The Goddard School (unavailable), Guardian Angel School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4 Harvard Dr, Fort Mitchell ($899,000, 5 bedrooms)

#10. Windy Hills

- Population: 2,433
- Median home value: $271,500 (94% own)
- Median rent: $1,542 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $95,588
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)

- Pictured: 1001 Westgate Pl, Louisville ($698,000, 4 bedrooms)

#9. Fort Wright

- Population: 5,745
- Median home value: $201,900 (70% own)
- Median rent: $879 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $85,794
- Top public schools: Beechwood High School (A), Beechwood Elementary School (A), R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: St. Agnes School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1852 Mount Vernon Dr, Fort Wright ($368,900, 4 bedrooms)

#8. Wilmore

- Population: 6,335
- Median home value: $170,800 (48% own)
- Median rent: $718 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $50,662
- Top public schools: West Jessamine High School (B+), West Jessamine Middle School (B+), Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary School (B)

- Pictured: 211 Grandview Trl, Wilmore ($749,900, 3 bedrooms)

#7. Hurstbourne Acres

- Population: 2,027
- Median home value: $201,400 (17% own)
- Median rent: $1,028 (83% rent)
- Median household income: $63,240
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)

- Pictured: 1909 Hoke Rd, Louisville ($289,900, 3 bedrooms)

#6. Anchorage

- Population: 2,376
- Median home value: $715,000 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,163 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $187,946
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), Anchorage Independent Public School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A)

- Pictured: 1116 Bellewood Rd, Anchorage ($4.9 million, 8 bedrooms)

#5. Prospect

- Population: 4,896
- Median home value: $388,300 (95% own)
- Median rent: $1,140 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $145,511
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), North Oldham High School (A), J. Graham Brown School (A)

- Pictured: 8501 Wolf Pen Branch Rd, Prospect ($5.2 million, 5 bedrooms)

#4. Northfield

- Population: 1,181
- Median home value: $391,700 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,154 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $108,056
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)

- Pictured: 6100 Stannye Dr, Louisville ($629,000, 4 bedrooms)

#3. Hurstbourne

- Population: 4,394
- Median home value: $421,000 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,288 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $123,521
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)
- Top private schools: Our Savior Lutheran School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1320 Leighton Cir, Louisville ($999,000, 5 bedrooms)

#2. Indian Hills

- Population: 2,961
- Median home value: $529,000 (100% own)
- Median rent: No data available (0% rent)
- Median household income: $190,313
- Top public schools: DuPont Manual High School (A+), J. Graham Brown School (A), Louisville Male High School (A)

- Pictured: 2508 Poplar Crest Rd, Louisville ($2.2 million, 4 bedrooms)

#1. Fort Thomas

- Population: 16,308
- Median home value: $227,600 (71% own)
- Median rent: $907 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $78,972
- Top public schools: Highlands High School (A+), Woodfill Elementary School (A+), Highlands Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Thomas School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 109 Casagrande St, Fort Thomas ($999,900, 4 bedrooms)

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