These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Lexington-Fayette


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Lexington-Fayette are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Lexington-Fayette, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Lexington-Fayette neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Lexington-Fayette are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Lexington-Fayette:

  1. Reservorir
  2. Chevy Chase-Ashland Park
  3. Brookhaven-Lansdowne
  4. Crestwood-Hinda Heights
  5. Indian Hills-Stonewall Estates-Monticello
  6. Southeastern Hills
  7. Gardenside-Colony
  8. Blueberry Hill-Brigadoon-Stoneybrook-Baralto
  9. Fairway-Liberty Heights
  10. Garden Springs

Read on to see how we determined the places around Lexington-Fayette that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Lexington-Fayette?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Lexington-Fayette, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 34 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Lexington-Fayette.” We’re lookin’ at you, Reservorir.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Lexington-Fayette has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Reservorir

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,880
Median Home Price: $394,900
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,690
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

2. Chevy Chase-Ashland Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,181
Median Home Price: $407,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,690
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

3. Brookhaven-Lansdowne

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,183
Median Home Price: $227,860
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,693
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

4. Crestwood-Hinda Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,216
Median Home Price: $281,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,690
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

5. Indian Hills-Stonewall Estates-Monticello

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,945
Median Home Price: $192,550
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,578
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

6. Southeastern Hills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,018
Median Home Price: $140,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,076
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

7. Gardenside-Colony

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,422
Median Home Price: $186,643
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,996
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

8. Blueberry Hill-Brigadoon-Stoneybrook-Baralto

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,191
Median Home Price: $175,285
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,515
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

9. Fairway-Liberty Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,644
Median Home Price: $201,475
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,041
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%

10. Garden Springs

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,944
Median Home Price: $171,320
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,154
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Lexington-Fayette

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Lexington-Fayette where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Lexington-Fayette:

  1. Hollow Creek
  2. Eastern State Hospital
  3. Northland

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Lexington-Fayette

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Reservorir 1 9,880 $394,900 1,690 3.7%
Chevy Chase-Ashland Park 2 5,181 $407,300 1,690 4.3%
Brookhaven-Lansdowne 3 4,183 $227,860 1,693 2.6%
Crestwood-Hinda Heights 4 2,216 $281,000 1,690 3.5%
Indian Hills-Stonewall Estates-Monticello 5 9,945 $192,550 2,578 4.1%
Southeastern Hills 6 10,018 $140,200 4,076 3.7%
Gardenside-Colony 7 6,422 $186,643 2,996 4.5%
Blueberry Hill-Brigadoon-Stoneybrook-Baralto 8 15,191 $175,285 3,515 5.0%
Fairway-Liberty Heights 9 5,644 $201,475 2,041 6.8%
Garden Springs 10 3,944 $171,320 3,154 2.8%
Central Downtown 11 5,805 $228,386 1,855 5.4%
Southland-Deerfield-Open Gates 12 8,814 $152,267 3,744 4.9%
Jamestown 13 1,762 $107,600 4,874 0.7%
Twin Oaks 14 2,921 $144,600 3,980 6.3%
Mount Vernon-Hollywood-Montclair 15 4,934 $254,280 2,149 5.9%
University Of Kentucky 16 7,596 $223,975 3,275 6.3%
Elkhorn Parks-Radcliff 17 2,457 $110,000 4,715 8.0%
Holiday Hills 18 2,484 $122,250 4,857 8.4%
Kenawood-Rockwood 19 5,391 $114,750 5,177 7.1%
Warrenton-Harmitage Hills-Pinehurst 20 1,630 $123,167 4,157 5.9%
Idle Hour 21 10,422 $116,280 4,979 10.7%
Marriott’S Griffin Gate Golf Culb 22 5,032 $120,850 4,667 8.3%
Douglas High School 23 2,022 $47,550 6,389 5.3%
Southern Park 24 1,375 $144,600 4,726 7.1%
Cardinal Hill-Pine Meadow 25 5,857 $104,100 5,646 7.7%
Eastland Park-Dixie Plantation 26 3,525 $121,833 4,985 10.7%
Virginia Ave 27 4,060 $94,167 6,028 5.6%
Duncan Park 28 6,790 $103,340 5,533 11.0%
Thoroughbred Acres-Kingston 29 1,895 $102,600 5,431 9.2%
Castlewood Park 30 3,314 $85,225 5,851 10.1%
Lexington Cemetery 31 1,163 $82,400 5,835 10.6%
Northland 32 1,344 $88,650 5,952 7.1%
Eastern State Hospital 33 1,750 $100,100 5,745 11.5%
Hollow Creek 34 1,327 $82,000 6,059 11.7%

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