These Are The 10 Best Louisville Suburbs For 2018


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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Louisville for 2018:

  1. Indian Hills (Homes)
  2. Hurstbourne (Photos | Homes)
  3. Windy Hills (Homes)
  4. Graymoor-Devondale (Homes)
  5. Anchorage (Photos | Homes)
  6. Prospect (Homes)
  7. Douglass Hills (Homes)
  8. Crestwood (Homes)
  9. St. Matthews (Photos | Homes)
  10. Jeffersontown (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Indian Hills, 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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 30 suburbs to evaluate around Louisville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 30 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, Indian Hills.

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.

1. Indian Hills

Population: 2,953
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Median Home Price: $468,900
Median Income: $159,737
More on Indian Hills: Real Estate | Data

Indian Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Louisville area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Indian Hills.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $159,737 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Louisville region. And only 1.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $468,900 each.

2. Hurstbourne

Hurstbourne, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,343
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Median Home Price: $376,600
Median Income: $105,304
More on Hurstbourne: Real Estate | Data

Hurstbourne is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Louisville for 2018.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

3. Windy Hills

Population: 2,203
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $241,300
Median Income: $88,558
More on Windy Hills: Real Estate | Data

Here in Windy 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 Windy Hills.

4. Graymoor-Devondale

Population: 2,942
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Median Home Price: $220,400
Median Income: $66,452
More on Graymoor-Devondale: Real Estate | Data

Graymoor-Devondale ranks as the 4th best suburb of Louisville for 2018.

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

5. Anchorage

Anchorage, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,091
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $634,300
Median Income: $167,813
More on Anchorage: Real Estate | Data

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 $634,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Prospect

Population: 4,789
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $373,300
Median Income: $110,967
More on Prospect: Real Estate | Data

Prospect 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 4.3% which is 10th best in the area.

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

7. Douglass Hills

Population: 5,645
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $229,100
Median Income: $63,021
More on Douglass Hills: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Douglass Hills.

Douglass Hills 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 8.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Crestwood

Population: 4,768
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $253,300
Median Income: $88,267
More on Crestwood: Real Estate | Data

Crestwood 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 7.3% of people lack insurance, good for 12th in the area.

9. St. Matthews

St. Matthews, Kentucky

Population: 17,930
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $203,000
Median Income: $55,791
More on St. Matthews: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In St. Matthews?’

Almost.

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.

10. Jeffersontown

Jeffersontown, Kentucky

Population: 27,395
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Median Home Price: $167,200
Median Income: $63,439
More on Jeffersontown: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Jeffersontown.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Indian Hills 2,953 1.1% $468,900 $159,737
2 Hurstbourne 4,343 1.7% $376,600 $105,304
3 Windy Hills 2,203 4.0% $241,300 $88,558
4 Graymoor-Devondale 2,942 2.8% $220,400 $66,452
5 Anchorage 2,091 2.7% $634,300 $167,813
6 Prospect 4,789 4.3% $373,300 $110,967
7 Douglass Hills 5,645 4.6% $229,100 $63,021
8 Crestwood 4,768 3.8% $253,300 $88,267
9 St. Matthews 17,930 3.6% $203,000 $55,791
10 Jeffersontown 27,395 4.9% $167,200 $63,439
11 Middletown 7,773 4.0% $198,300 $64,479
12 Mount Washington 14,088 6.7% $160,100 $60,787
13 Lyndon 11,310 6.2% $173,700 $51,897
14 Sellersburg 8,722 5.9% $152,900 $65,667
15 Georgetown 31,708 5.7% $151,700 $60,632
16 Simpsonville 2,657 6.4% $161,400 $65,455
17 Hillview 8,688 8.7% $110,900 $54,050
18 La Grange 8,481 5.2% $161,800 $56,087
19 Shepherdsville 11,869 6.4% $128,400 $48,174
20 Jeffersonville 46,415 6.8% $126,500 $51,130
21 Clarksville 21,812 5.3% $112,000 $42,520
22 Shelbyville 15,039 4.0% $154,100 $44,739
23 Radcliff 22,806 12.5% $122,600 $46,821
24 Shively 15,625 7.5% $99,300 $36,312
25 New Albany 36,622 8.0% $110,500 $41,456
26 Charlestown 7,990 4.9% $100,500 $42,250
27 Corydon 3,125 7.9% $89,200 $36,949
28 Brandenburg 2,870 15.4% $129,900 $40,875
29 Louisville 6,373 17.2% $85,000 $26,368
30 Louisville 6,373 17.2% $85,000 $26,368

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