These Are The 10 Best Louisville Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 30 places around Louisville to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Louisville suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Louisville are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Hurstbourne, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Louisville ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Louisville for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Louisville was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Louisville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 31 suburbs to evaluate around Louisville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 31 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Louisville.” We’re lookin’ at you, Hurstbourne.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Hurstbourne, KY

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Population: 4,365
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,605
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Hurstbourne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hurstbourne is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Louisville area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Hurstbourne.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $104,605 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Louisville region. And only 2.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $373,600 each.

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Population: 2,958
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $169,737
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Indian Hills: Real Estate | Data

Indian Hills is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Louisville for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 0.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

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Population: 5,677
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $63,904
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Douglass Hills: Real Estate | Data

Here in Douglass Hills, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Louisville metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Douglass Hills.

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Population: 4,851
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $113,711
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Prospect: Real Estate | Data

Prospect ranks as the 4th best suburb of Louisville for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Prospect and the schools are some of the best around.

Anchorage, KY

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Population: 2,211
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $172,188
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Anchorage.

Anchorage gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Louisville area, where houses sell for an average of $663,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 2,162
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $96,167
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Windy Hills: Real Estate | Data

Windy Hills is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.1% which is 10th best in the area.

According to online reports, Windy Hills is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Louisville area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Jeffersontown, KY

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Population: 27,406
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $65,556
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Jeffersontown.

Jeffersontown schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 7.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

St. Matthews, KY

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Population: 17,993
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,284
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.9%
More on St. Matthews: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Matthews is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 8.3% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

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Population: 4,840
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $102,036
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Crestwood: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Crestwood?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Middletown, KY

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Population: 7,817
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,540
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 12.2%
More on Middletown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Middletown.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Louisville ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Louisville, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Louisville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Hurstbourne 4,365 $104,605
2 Indian Hills 2,958 $169,737
3 Douglass Hills 5,677 $63,904
4 Prospect 4,851 $113,711
5 Anchorage 2,211 $172,188
6 Windy Hills 2,162 $96,167
7 Jeffersontown 27,406 $65,556
8 St. Matthews 17,993 $57,284
9 Crestwood 4,840 $102,036
10 Middletown 7,817 $61,540
11 Lyndon 11,394 $52,431
12 Mount Washington 14,285 $63,894
13 Simpsonville 2,727 $69,345
14 Georgetown 32,142 $61,427
15 Hillview 8,913 $59,184
16 Sellersburg 8,806 $61,617
17 La Grange 8,620 $60,690
18 Jeffersonville 46,840 $52,861
19 Shepherdsville 12,006 $49,765
20 Shelbyville 15,318 $50,703
21 Clarksville 21,228 $42,872
22 New Albany 36,548 $43,914
23 Radcliff 22,718 $44,708
24 Shively 15,701 $38,194
25 Corydon 3,116 $44,145
26 Charlestown 8,079 $42,450
27 Brandenburg 2,850 $41,139
28 Louisville 6,325 $30,316
29 Louisville 6,325 $30,316
30 Louisville 6,325 $30,316
31 Louisville 6,325 $30,316

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