10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Kentucky For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kentucky have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Kentucky? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Bluegrass State:

  1. Shelbyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bardstown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lawrenceburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Danville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Georgetown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Elizabethtown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Madisonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fort Thomas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Somerset (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Kentucky, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Kentucky and the best places for families in the country:

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Kentucky anyways?

To give you the places in Kentucky which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Bluegrass State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Kentucky, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Kentucky, that meant a total of 35 cities.

Read on to see why Shelbyville is where all the families are headed, while Shively is probably a place made for singles.

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Shelbyville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,039
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 42.4%
More on Shelbyville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Shelbyville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Shelby County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 14,045 at the 2010 census.

Bardstown, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,026
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 36.8%
More on Bardstown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bardstown is a home rule-class city in Nelson County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was recorded as 11,700 by the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nelson County. It is named for the pioneering Bard brothers. David Bard obtained a 1,000 acres land grant in 1785 in what was then Jefferson County, Virginia from Governor Patrick Henry. William Bard surveyed and platted the town. It was originally chartered as Baird’s Town.

Lawrenceburg, KY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,081
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 35.2%
More on Lawrenceburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lawrenceburg is a home rule-class city in Anderson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 10,505 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of its county. Lawrenceburg is part of the Frankfort, Kentucky, micropolitan statistical area.

Danville, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,645
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 28.5%
More on Danville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Danville is a home rule-class city in Boyle County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 16,690 at the 2015 Census. Danville is the principal city of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Boyle and Lincoln counties.

Georgetown, KY

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 31,708
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 40.1%
More on Georgetown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Georgetown is a home rule-class city in Scott County, Kentucky, in the United States. The 2016 population was 33,440 per the United States Census Bureau. It is the 7th-largest city by population in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the seat of its county. It was originally called Lebanon when founded by Rev. Elijah Craig and was renamed in 1790 in honor of President George Washington. It is the home of Georgetown College, a private liberal arts college. Georgetown is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Elizabethtown, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,835
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Elizabethtown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elizabethtown is a home rule-class city and the county seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 28,531 at the 2010 census, and was estimated at 29,906 by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016, making it the 11th-largest city in the state. It is included in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Louisville/Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Madison, Kentucky-Indiana Combined Statistical Area.

Independence, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 26,317
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 42.7%
More on Independence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Independence is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is one of its county’s two seats of government. Independence is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the population was 24,757 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.

Madisonville, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,615
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 32.9%
More on Madisonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Madisonville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States, located along Interstate 69 in the state’s Western Coal Fields region. The population was 19,591 at the 2010 census. Madisonville is a commercial center of the region and is home to Madisonville Community College.

Fort Thomas, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,317
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 32.5%
More on Fort Thomas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fort Thomas is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, United States, on the southern bank of the Ohio River and the site of an 1890 US Army post. The population was 16,325 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Campbell County and it is officially part of the Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Somerset, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,415
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 65
Closest Major City: Cincinnati
Households with kids: 26.8%
More on Somerset: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Somerset is a home rule-class city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. The city population was 11,196 according to the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up In Kentucky

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Kentucky ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Kentucky according to the data:

  1. Shively
  2. St. Matthews
  3. Covington

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Kentucky

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Shelbyville 15,039 62
2 Bardstown 13,026 57
3 Lawrenceburg 11,081 38
4 Danville 16,645 57
5 Georgetown 31,708 67
6 Elizabethtown 29,835 61
7 Independence 26,317 49
8 Madisonville 19,615 39
9 Fort Thomas 16,317 60
10 Somerset 11,415 42
11 Ashland 21,294 38
12 Nicholasville 29,249 36
13 Mount Washington 14,088 56
14 Erlanger 18,565 44
15 Berea 14,667 37
16 Campbellsville 11,329 34
17 Shepherdsville 11,869 55
18 Henderson 28,870 64
19 Frankfort 27,598 58
20 Murray 18,726 47
21 Richmond 33,583 39
22 Mayfield 10,078 59
23 Florence 31,735 56
24 Jeffersontown 27,395 42
25 Hopkinsville 32,442 56
26 Glasgow 14,338 46
27 Owensboro 58,685 48
28 Bowling Green 62,824 64
29 Winchester 18,395 35
30 Paducah 25,010 60
31 Radcliff 22,806 36
32 Newport 15,321 44
33 Covington 40,766 51
34 St. Matthews 17,930 37
35 Shively 15,625 41

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