These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Louisville, KY 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 (Homes)
  2. Highlands Douglas (Homes)
  3. Bowman (Homes)
  4. Bonnycastle (Homes)
  5. Deer Park (Homes)
  6. Belknap (Homes)
  7. Hayfield Dundee (Homes)
  8. Rock Creek Lexington Road (Homes)
  9. Poplar Level (Homes)
  10. Cherokee Triangle (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Louisville.

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How do you determine the top 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.

1. Cherokee Seneca

Cherokee Seneca Louisville, KY

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

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.
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2. Highlands Douglas

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

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.
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3. Bowman

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

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4. Bonnycastle

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

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.
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5. Deer Park

Deer Park Louisville, KY

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

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.
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6. Belknap

Belknap Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain

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

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.
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7. Hayfield Dundee

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

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.
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8. Rock Creek Lexington Road

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

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.
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9. Poplar Level

Poplar Level Louisville, KY

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

Poplar Level is a neighborhood five miles southeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is part of the larger Camp Zachary Taylor area.
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10. Cherokee Triangle

Cherokee Triangle Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain

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

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.
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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

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

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