These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Kentucky For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Kentucky have the most for people looking to make the move to Kentucky.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Kentucky a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Kentucky.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Bluegrass State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Kentucky, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 112 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Bluegrass State for 2018:

  1. Spencer County
  2. Oldham County (Photos)
  3. Lyon County (Photos)
  4. Hancock County
  5. Anderson County (Photos)
  6. Owen County
  7. Scott County (Photos)
  8. Boone County (Photos)
  9. Pendleton County (Photos)
  10. Woodford County (Photos)

Spencer County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Kentucky. And you might want to avoid Clay County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Kentucky, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Kentucky and the best places to raise a family in Kentucky.

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How do you determine which Kentucky county is the best?

To give you the best county in Kentucky, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Kentucky across each of the criteria from one to 112, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Kentucky’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Bluegrass State.

Read on to see why Spencer County is the best county, while Clay County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Kentucky.

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1. Spencer County

Biggest Place: Elk Creek
Population: 17,798
Median Income: $65,700 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $186,100 (63rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (28th best)
More on Spencer County: Data

2. Oldham County

La Grange, KY

Biggest Place: La Grange
Population: 63,876
Median Income: $86,324 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $250,500 (62nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (1st best)
More on Oldham County: PhotosData

3. Lyon County

Eddyville, KY

Source: Wikipedia

Biggest Place: Eddyville
Population: 8,325
Median Income: $47,861 (22nd best)
Median Home Price: $129,400 (85th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (14th best)
More on Lyon County: PhotosData

4. Hancock County

Hawesville, KY

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Lewisport
Population: 8,716
Median Income: $49,375 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $105,600 (105th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (26th best)
More on Hancock County: Data

5. Anderson County

Lawrenceburg, KY

Biggest Place: Lawrenceburg
Population: 21,867
Median Income: $53,513 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $136,300 (81st best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (46th best)
More on Anderson County: PhotosData

6. Owen County

Biggest Place: Owenton
Population: 10,673
Median Income: $41,597 (44th best)
Median Home Price: $97,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (65th best)
More on Owen County: Data

7. Scott County

Georgetown, KY

Biggest Place: Georgetown
Population: 51,348
Median Income: $64,329 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $167,700 (67th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (6th best)
More on Scott County: PhotosData

8. Boone County

Union, KY

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Florence
Population: 125,656
Median Income: $69,165 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $178,300 (65th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (6th best)
More on Boone County: PhotosData

9. Pendleton County

Falmouth, KY

Biggest Place: Williamstown
Population: 14,509
Median Income: $49,766 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $102,100 (110th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (10th best)
More on Pendleton County: PhotosData

10. Woodford County

Versailles, KY

Biggest Place: Versailles
Population: 25,591
Median Income: $59,471 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $182,700 (64th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (2nd best)
More on Woodford County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Kentucky To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Kentucky can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Kentucky according to the data:

  1. Clay County
  2. Knox County
  3. Harlan County

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Kentucky

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Spencer County 1 17,798 $65,700 $186,100
Oldham County 2 63,876 $86,324 $250,500
Lyon County 3 8,325 $47,861 $129,400
Hancock County 4 8,716 $49,375 $105,600
Anderson County 5 21,867 $53,513 $136,300
Owen County 6 10,673 $41,597 $97,000
Scott County 7 51,348 $64,329 $167,700
Boone County 8 125,656 $69,165 $178,300
Pendleton County 9 14,509 $49,766 $102,100
Woodford County 10 25,591 $59,471 $182,700
Nelson County 11 44,875 $51,408 $139,000
Henry County 12 15,528 $50,412 $122,300
Hopkins County 13 46,359 $43,169 $92,500
Ballard County 14 8,216 $43,923 $108,400
Meade County 15 28,751 $50,034 $134,700
Greenup County 16 36,255 $46,771 $99,700
Marshall County 17 31,213 $45,670 $115,300
Carlisle County 18 4,954 $40,913 $78,800
Shelby County 19 44,967 $61,737 $176,800
Gallatin County 20 8,543 $51,180 $108,700
Bullitt County 21 77,727 $58,702 $149,000
Larue County 22 14,127 $41,050 $111,600
Bracken County 23 8,404 $35,887 $96,200
Boyle County 24 29,650 $40,758 $136,900
Kenton County 25 163,393 $56,568 $147,000
Campbell County 26 91,456 $56,772 $156,600
Hardin County 27 107,573 $51,541 $145,700
Muhlenberg County 28 31,216 $40,445 $81,400
Edmonson County 29 12,086 $41,689 $86,600
Webster County 30 13,331 $38,374 $78,700
Washington County 31 12,017 $43,719 $100,700
Daviess County 32 98,724 $46,675 $119,400
Marion County 33 19,497 $40,392 $99,700
Butler County 34 12,828 $38,427 $92,300
Robertson County 35 2,191 $30,964 $115,000
Green County 36 11,123 $36,681 $75,000
Adair County 37 19,156 $33,873 $86,100
Henderson County 38 46,362 $41,630 $113,500
Jefferson County 39 759,724 $50,099 $154,100
Caldwell County 40 12,758 $43,491 $95,600
Jessamine County 41 51,015 $52,748 $160,500
Clark County 42 35,706 $49,069 $138,000
Mccracken County 43 65,292 $42,303 $127,600
Morgan County 44 13,379 $32,517 $76,900
Ohio County 45 24,152 $39,479 $85,400
Grant County 46 24,705 $44,191 $122,000
Franklin County 47 49,982 $50,999 $138,800
Mercer County 48 21,411 $46,130 $134,000
Breckinridge County 49 20,000 $43,390 $91,600
Warren County 50 121,066 $46,929 $146,100
Cumberland County 51 6,780 $33,268 $82,100
Bourbon County 52 20,004 $44,232 $140,500
Union County 53 15,065 $41,255 $82,100
Lawrence County 54 15,870 $35,016 $82,800
Todd County 55 12,465 $41,306 $89,700
Madison County 56 87,324 $43,707 $147,400
Graves County 57 37,379 $40,268 $94,400
Powell County 58 12,387 $34,048 $80,200
Hickman County 59 4,691 $39,756 $68,200
Allen County 60 20,421 $41,166 $98,200
Rockcastle County 61 16,893 $33,500 $75,100
Simpson County 62 17,856 $42,288 $119,700
Nicholas County 63 7,062 $37,993 $86,200
Metcalfe County 64 9,983 $33,788 $77,600
Logan County 65 26,757 $39,027 $96,500
Crittenden County 66 9,211 $38,739 $78,500
Bath County 67 12,113 $34,986 $73,500
Lewis County 68 13,646 $29,088 $63,500
Monroe County 69 10,692 $34,120 $71,600
Owsley County 70 4,552 $22,106 $66,200
Carter County 71 27,292 $37,367 $81,000
Boyd County 72 48,716 $44,140 $100,700
Garrard County 73 17,051 $46,373 $129,500
Johnson County 74 23,280 $35,060 $83,800
Calloway County 75 38,302 $36,692 $123,400
Fleming County 76 14,543 $36,063 $86,400
Lincoln County 77 24,424 $35,185 $89,400
Hart County 78 18,510 $35,738 $83,600
Whitley County 79 35,842 $32,397 $79,100
Rowan County 80 24,302 $36,216 $117,300
Pulaski County 81 63,772 $34,673 $109,100
Jackson County 82 13,357 $30,884 $79,400
Harrison County 83 18,629 $40,164 $123,700
Laurel County 84 59,950 $36,139 $99,900
Clinton County 85 10,172 $29,872 $65,900
Magoffin County 86 12,887 $29,463 $56,500
Mason County 87 17,229 $38,613 $105,600
Casey County 88 15,928 $32,315 $76,000
Barren County 89 43,287 $39,034 $108,300
Knott County 90 15,884 $28,165 $50,900
Trigg County 91 14,267 $45,032 $116,600
Estill County 92 14,406 $29,694 $74,200
Martin County 93 12,478 $29,052 $75,600
Grayson County 94 26,092 $36,129 $102,700
Leslie County 95 10,869 $25,282 $44,200
Letcher County 96 23,382 $29,181 $57,300
Lee County 97 6,896 $21,185 $63,800
Wayne County 98 20,557 $30,260 $80,700
Breathitt County 99 13,476 $25,484 $49,600
Carroll County 100 10,776 $42,882 $104,200

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