These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Louisville 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 Louisville, 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 Louisville 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 Louisville 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 Louisville for 2018:

  1. Cherokee Seneca
  2. Highlands Douglas
  3. Bowman
  4. Bonnycastle
  5. Deer Park
  6. Belknap
  7. Hayfield Dundee
  8. Rock Creek Lexington Road
  9. Poplar Level
  10. Cherokee Triangle

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

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Kentucky check out the best places in Kentucky overall or the worst neighborhoods in Louisville.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Louisville for 2018?

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

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 59 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, Cherokee Seneca.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Louisville 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. Cherokee Seneca

Population: 1,491
Median Income: $72,214
Median Home Value: $314,500

2. Highlands Douglas

Population: 2,998
Median Income: $81,663
Median Home Value: $339,820

3. Bowman

Population: 2,022
Median Income: $69,167
Median Home Value: $228,217

4. Bonnycastle

Population: 2,162
Median Income: $66,873
Median Home Value: $396,300

5. Deer Park

Population: 3,886
Median Income: $70,345
Median Home Value: $230,220

6. Belknap

Population: 3,928
Median Income: $71,044
Median Home Value: $244,220

7. Hayfield Dundee

Population: 2,475
Median Income: $67,450
Median Home Value: $216,200

8. Rock Creek Lexington Road

Population: 1,974
Median Income: $76,864
Median Home Value: $251,625

9. Poplar Level

Population: 1,674
Median Income: $66,389
Median Home Value: $171,400

10. Cherokee Triangle

Population: 3,946
Median Income: $51,105
Median Home Value: $270,580

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Louisville

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Louisville:

  1. Park Hill
  2. California
  3. Russell

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Louisville

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Cherokee Seneca 1 1,491 $314,500 2,040 1.8%
Highlands Douglas 2 2,998 $339,820 2,040 1.9%
Bowman 3 2,022 $228,217 2,040 3.4%
Bonnycastle 4 2,162 $396,300 2,040 2.5%
Deer Park 5 3,886 $230,220 2,040 4.1%
Belknap 6 3,928 $244,220 2,040 3.5%
Hayfield Dundee 7 2,475 $216,200 2,113 2.9%
Rock Creek Lexington Road 8 1,974 $251,625 2,040 2.1%
Poplar Level 9 1,674 $171,400 3,052 6.0%
Cherokee Triangle 10 3,946 $270,580 2,040 3.9%
Tyler Park 11 2,480 $268,350 2,040 5.6%
Highlands 12 1,308 $166,050 3,035 4.7%
Prestonia 13 1,307 $100,350 6,000 12.6%
Germantown 14 3,796 $178,300 3,233 3.5%
Crescent Hill 15 7,462 $237,625 2,040 4.7%
Brownsboro Zorn 16 1,908 $213,433 2,040 4.2%
Avondale Melbourne Heights 17 2,195 $157,900 3,518 4.2%
Merriwether 18 1,582 $95,700 6,789 11.1%
Wilder Park 19 2,527 $99,133 6,610 10.6%
Hawthorne 20 1,989 $177,175 3,291 4.6%
Irish Hill 21 1,304 $123,000 4,980 5.5%
Hikes Point 22 3,623 $173,150 3,531 3.3%
Clifton Heights 23 4,886 $110,533 5,633 4.5%
Schnitzelburg 24 4,106 $119,850 5,317 6.4%
Iroquios Park 25 1,319 $129,350 5,085 9.0%
Cloverleaf 26 3,605 $125,300 5,115 6.6%
Audubon 27 6,200 $142,000 4,622 5.5%
Klondike 28 4,639 $134,544 4,910 4.7%
Bashford Manor 29 4,700 $88,140 6,643 2.0%
Clifton 30 2,684 $142,450 4,369 3.4%
Edgewood 31 1,501 $93,175 6,373 5.4%
Bon Air 32 6,144 $134,444 5,061 4.2%
Old Louisville 33 9,649 $174,169 4,485 7.9%
Central Business District 34 2,555 $268,100 2,540 4.1%
University 35 2,454 $126,020 6,324 6.4%
Beechmont 36 7,752 $106,256 6,015 5.4%
Shelby Park 37 3,054 $72,733 7,592 10.8%
Camp Taylor 38 1,559 $98,950 6,382 10.8%
Taylor Berry 39 6,396 $71,225 7,307 12.2%
South Louisville 40 4,713 $73,917 7,155 15.0%
Wyandotte 41 3,655 $70,950 7,174 11.9%
Shawnee 42 10,942 $64,433 7,277 12.8%
Hazelwood 43 1,693 $68,700 7,185 5.1%
Limerick 44 1,253 $105,000 5,770 14.6%
Iroquois 45 4,823 $86,340 6,641 7.7%
Phoenix Hill 46 3,898 $64,940 7,172 10.7%
Park Duvalle 47 3,866 $86,200 6,948 10.9%
Chickasaw 48 4,563 $73,362 7,147 11.8%
Southside 49 6,008 $84,150 6,759 7.1%
Jacobs 50 5,821 $51,580 7,917 13.8%
Kenwood Hill 51 2,063 $109,675 6,082 8.0%
Algonquin 52 6,661 $57,391 7,720 10.8%
Parkland 53 5,026 $65,544 7,629 11.2%
Smoketown Jackson 54 1,801 $65,800 7,727 13.7%
Saint Joseph 55 3,004 $104,960 6,243 7.9%
Portland 56 9,766 $43,371 8,160 11.2%
Russell 57 8,691 $45,436 8,160 18.6%
California 58 4,589 $53,012 8,029 12.4%
Park Hill 59 3,322 $55,425 7,877 14.4%

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