THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Louisville are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Louisville.
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Louisville, home of the University of Louisville Cardinals, the Louisville Slugger, and after HomeSnacks' list of the top ten best neighborhoods in Derby City for 2020 gets out, it will be known as the home of some pretty cool neighborhoods. Yes, you heard it here first, folks, but if you want to see the actual list of Louisville's best neighborhoods, you're going to have to take a look below.

To learn how we ranked Louisville's best neighborhoods, First, we looked at the latest census for the median income and median home price for each one of Louisville's 65 neighborhoods. We then gave each neighborhood a SnackAbility score based on things like safety, jobs, affordability, and amenities. We're going to leave this right here, if you get to call one of Louisville's top ten best neighborhoods home, you're pretty lucky.

But, the odds are in your favor if you want to score a great deal on a home in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood and you make $44,620.984615384616/year. The homes here cost $145,919.38461538462. You won't need a fancy hat and a bow tie to feel at home in the Deer Park neighborhood. Not only are the people in this community super chill, the median home price is, too. Matter of fact, you can pick up a solid, single family home for around $145,919.38461538462. And, if you're placing your bet on the trifecta, you're going to want to score a home in Belknap. This place is super safe, super affordable, and there's a ton of cool stuff to do -- the best Kentucky has to offer.

However, if you want to know how we ranked Louisville's cream of the crop, grab a mint julep, find a sunny spot along the city's Waterfront Park, and keep reading.

Speaking of a ton of stuff to do, there is no shortage of fun to be had in Downtown Louisville or any one of its gold star neighborhoods and surrounding areas. We can't write an article about Louisville without mentioning the Kentucky Derby, right? And, if you're a social butterfly, Whiskey Row and Fourth Street both have a lively social scene with great restaurants and bourbon distilleries.

So, what Louisville neighborhood deserves the Triple Crown? According to the latest census numbers, Bonnycastle, is the big winner.

But, before you run off and buy your forever home in Bonnycastle, take a look at how the rest of Louisville's best neighborhoods ranked--there might be some surprises.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Louisville

Population: 2,176
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $421,400 (Second best)
Median Income: $64,945 (13th best)
More on Bonnycastle: Homes For Sale | Data

Bonnycastle is a neighborhood four miles southeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky USA. It is considered a part of a larger area of Louisville called The Highlands. Its boundaries are Bardstown Road, Cherokee Road, Eastern Parkway and Speed Avenue.

Population: 2,853
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $350,100 (Third best)
Median Income: $87,941 (Third best)
More on Highlands Douglas: Homes For Sale | Data

HighlandsDouglass is a neighborhood five miles southeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The neighborhood is bound by Bardstown Road, Speed Avenue, Taylorsville Road, and Cherokee Park. It is considered a part of a larger area of Louisville called The Highlands. It is often simply called Douglass.

Population: 2,322
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $221,050 (15th best)
Median Income: $70,454 (Eighth best)
More on Hayfield Dundee: Homes For Sale | Data

Hayfield-Dundee is a neighborhood in eastern Louisville, Kentucky. Its boundaries are Dundee Road, Emerson Avenue, Newburg Road, I-264, and Tremond Drive to the east. Prior to subdivision, much of the land had been part of the Hayfield Farm, owned by Dr. Charles Wilkens Short, a founding professor of the University of Louisville medical school.

Belknap Louisville, KY

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Population: 4,550
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $257,480 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $82,708 (Fourth best)
More on Belknap: Homes For Sale | Data

Belknap is an urban neighborhood three and a half miles east of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The neighborhood is bound by Bardstown Road, Douglass Boulevard, Dundee Road and Newburg Road. It is part of a larger area of Louisville called the Highlands. Belknap is often described as the neighborhood in the heart of The Highlands.

Deer Park Louisville, KY

Population: 4,013
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $233,240 (13th best)
Median Income: $69,178 (Tenth best)
More on Deer Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Deer Park is a neighborhood four miles southeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Most of the neighborhood was developed from 1890 through the 1920s as a streetcar suburb, with all but six of its 24 subdivisions being developed by 1917, and the last laid out by 1935, although some development west of Norris Place continued after World War II.

Cherokee Triangle Louisville, KY

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Population: 4,174
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $286,720 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $53,751 (18th best)
More on Cherokee Triangle: Homes For Sale | Data

The Cherokee Triangle is a historic neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, known for its large homes displaying an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Its boundaries are Bardstown Road to the southwest, Cherokee Park and Eastern Parkway to the southeast, and Cave Hill Cemetery to the north, and is considered a part of a larger area of Louisville called The Highlands. It is named for nearby Cherokee Park, a 409 acres park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York's Central Park.

Population: 2,154
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $270,450 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $77,694 (Fifth best)
More on Rock Creek Lexington Road: Homes For Sale | Data

Rockcreek-Lexington Road is an irregular-shaped neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Its boundaries are Seneca Park and Briar Hill Road to the west, Cannons Lane to the east, Interstate 64 to the south, and Lexington Road to the north. Also included are areas immediately adjoining Shelbyville Rd. from Cannons Ln. to Fairfax Ave. and those along Nanz Ave. from Cannons Ln. to Macon Ave.

Population: 913
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $522,300 (First best)
Median Income: $128,611 (First best)
More on Cherokee Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Cherokee Seneca Louisville, KY

Population: 1,515
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $341,425 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $91,280 (Second best)
More on Cherokee Seneca: Homes For Sale | Data

Cherokee-Seneca is a neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is bounded by I-64 and other neighborhoods, and includes the two large parks Cherokee Park and Seneca Park, as well as the homes built around those parks. The area is hilly, consisting of ridges around the middle fork of Beargrass Creek.

Population: 7,574
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $253,250 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $63,224 (14th best)
More on Crescent Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Louisville, KY Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Louisville, 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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 65 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 Louisville." We're lookin' at you, Bonnycastle.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Louisville, Kentucky has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Louisville

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Louisville where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Louisville aren't all good. Park Hill takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Louisville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Louisville For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Bonnycastle 2,176 $421,400 $64,945
2 Highlands Douglas 2,853 $350,100 $87,941
3 Hayfield Dundee 2,322 $221,050 $70,454
4 Belknap 4,550 $257,480 $82,708
5 Deer Park 4,013 $233,240 $69,178
6 Cherokee Triangle 4,174 $286,720 $53,751
7 Rock Creek Lexington Road 2,154 $270,450 $77,694
8 Cherokee Gardens 913 $522,300 $128,611
9 Cherokee Seneca 1,515 $341,425 $91,280
10 Crescent Hill 7,574 $253,250 $63,224
11 Gardiner Lane 962 $192,450 $65,416
12 Avondale Melbourne Heights 2,213 $161,900 $63,129
13 Audubon 6,308 $145,217 $52,499
14 Hawthorne 1,955 $191,275 $69,509
15 Klondike 5,376 $139,311 $49,502
16 Brownsboro Zorn 2,002 $232,067 $60,743
17 Germantown 3,671 $162,320 $46,243
18 Hikes Point 3,230 $176,633 $62,072
19 Tyler Park 2,655 $249,950 $65,081
20 Cloverleaf 3,561 $127,667 $48,746
21 Bon Air 6,133 $133,900 $45,053
22 Bowman 2,044 $235,350 $72,255
23 Schnitzelburg 4,212 $126,575 $46,990
24 Highlands 1,436 $162,200 $49,028
25 Poplar Level 1,545 $236,850 $77,490
26 Clifton Heights 4,846 $110,033 $35,809
27 Clifton 2,850 $143,650 $46,840
28 Beechmont 7,523 $109,500 $38,693
29 Bashford Manor 4,818 $91,700 $29,019
30 Paristowne Point 348 $120,800 $37,024
31 Iroquois 4,592 $94,480 $41,255
32 Southside 5,741 $89,088 $36,516
33 Central Business District 2,346 $241,600 $19,753
34 Butchertown 815 $132,167 $43,542
35 Irish Hill 1,266 $126,650 $40,137
36 Kenwood Hill 1,912 $119,075 $32,161
37 Old Louisville 9,925 $134,500 $21,439
38 Edgewood 1,463 $93,150 $40,291
39 University 2,873 $128,800 $22,827
40 Iroquios Park 1,361 $141,650 $39,828
41 Smoketown Jackson 1,729 $75,550 $28,443
42 Hallmark 480 $95,500 $25,556
43 Camp Taylor 1,809 $90,500 $31,592
44 Taylor Berry 6,822 $70,225 $35,044
45 Wilder Park 2,540 $99,233 $26,496
46 Wyandotte 3,836 $69,083 $30,394
47 Jacobs 5,276 $55,400 $29,680
48 Prestonia 1,279 $106,200 $43,882
49 South Louisville 4,538 $71,433 $27,114
50 Shawnee 10,746 $65,400 $29,058
51 Limerick 1,217 $96,725 $20,201
52 Merriwether 1,119 $55,900 $36,212
53 Park Duvalle 4,085 $78,286 $29,169
54 Saint Joseph 2,971 $94,220 $33,892
55 Chickasaw 4,653 $70,150 $29,756
56 Shelby Park 3,279 $69,367 $21,226
57 Algonquin 7,253 $61,436 $29,199
58 Phoenix Hill 4,384 $68,680 $25,553
59 Hazelwood 1,577 $50,950 $37,002
60 Portland 10,294 $42,014 $23,489
61 Parkland 5,182 $54,244 $28,638
62 California 4,377 $54,562 $19,053
63 Russell 9,015 $30,991 $19,483
64 Soutland Park 826 $97,500 $24,981
65 Park Hill 3,196 $53,288 $26,575

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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