These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Kentucky For 2019


We analyzed over 35 places in Kentucky to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Kentucky.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Kentucky.

Where exactly in Kentucky is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Glasgow as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Kentucky that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Glasgow don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Bluegrass State to retire for 2019:

Why did Glasgow take the top spot? And where are Bowling Green and Owensboro?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Kentucky state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Bluegrass State for 2019

To create our list of the best places in Kentucky to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Bluegrass State — 520 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 35 places from across the state.

For these 35, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 35, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Glasgow, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Glasgow, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,338
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 16)
Median Rent: $601
Distance to Closest Airport: 73 miles
More on Glasgow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glasgow is a home rule-class city in Barren County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 14,028 at the 2010 U.S. census. The city is well known for its annual Scottish Highland Games. In 2007, Barren County was named the number one rural place to live by The Progressive Farmer magazine. Glasgow is the principal city of the Glasgow micropolitan area, which comprises Barren and Metcalfe counties.

Danville, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,645
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 44)
Median Rent: $652
Distance to Closest Airport: 97 miles
More on Danville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Danville is a home rule-class city in Boyle County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 16,690 at the 2015 Census. Danville is the principal city of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Boyle and Lincoln counties.

Somerset, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,415
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $577
Distance to Closest Airport: 132 miles
More on Somerset: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Somerset is a home rule-class city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. The city population was 11,196 according to the 2010 census.

Ashland, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,294
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 27)
Median Rent: $611
Distance to Closest Airport: 94 miles
More on Ashland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ashland is a home rule-class city in Boyd County, Kentucky, in the United States. Ashland, the largest city in Boyd County, is located upon the southern bank of the Ohio River. The population was 21,684 at the 2010 census. Ashland is a part of the Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area; with a population of 363,000. Ashland is the second-largest city within the MSA, after Huntington, West Virginia. Ashland serves as an important economic and medical center for northeast Kentucky and is part of the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Kentucky.

Mayfield, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,078
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $585
Distance to Closest Airport: 89 miles
More on Mayfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mayfield is a home rule-class city in Graves County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of its county. The population was 10,024 as of the 2010 U.S. census.

Madisonville, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,615
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 36)
Median Rent: $626
Distance to Closest Airport: 95 miles
More on Madisonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madisonville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States, located along Interstate 69 in the state’s Western Coal Fields region. The population was 19,591 at the 2010 census. Madisonville is a commercial center of the region and is home to Madisonville Community College.

Paducah, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 25,010
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $602
Distance to Closest Airport: 105 miles
More on Paducah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The largest city in the Jackson Purchase region, it is located at the confluence of the Tennessee and the Ohio Rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri, to the northwest and Nashville, Tennessee, to the southeast. The population was 24,864 in 2015, down from 25,024 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Twenty blocks of the city’s downtown have been designated as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Thomas, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 16,317
Rank Last Year: 75 (Up 67)
Median Rent: $782
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Fort Thomas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Thomas is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, United States, on the southern bank of the Ohio River and the site of an 1890 US Army post. The population was 16,325 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Campbell County and it is officially part of the Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Lawrenceburg, KY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,081
Rank Last Year: 57 (Up 48)
Median Rent: $717
Distance to Closest Airport: 71 miles
More on Lawrenceburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lawrenceburg is a home rule-class city in Anderson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 10,505 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of its county. Lawrenceburg is part of the Frankfort, Kentucky, micropolitan statistical area.

Hopkinsville, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 32,442
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Rent: $636
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
More on Hopkinsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 31,577.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Kentucky Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Kentucky goes to Glasgow.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Radcliff
  2. St. Matthews
  3. Berea

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Kentucky

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Glasgow 14,338 $601
2 Danville 16,645 $652
3 Somerset 11,415 $577
4 Ashland 21,294 $611
5 Mayfield 10,078 $585
6 Madisonville 19,615 $626
7 Paducah 25,010 $602
8 Fort Thomas 16,317 $782
9 Lawrenceburg 11,081 $717
10 Hopkinsville 32,442 $636
11 Frankfort 27,598 $697
12 Shelbyville 15,039 $780
13 Henderson 28,870 $620
14 Bardstown 13,026 $662
15 Mount Washington 14,088 $639
16 Elizabethtown 29,835 $728
17 Murray 18,726 $569
18 Jeffersontown 27,395 $888
19 Shively 15,625 $624
20 Erlanger 18,565 $823
21 Campbellsville 11,329 $573
22 Covington 40,766 $667
23 Independence 26,317 $952
24 Newport 15,321 $641
25 Bowling Green 62,824 $687
26 Richmond 33,583 $631
27 Winchester 18,395 $680
28 Florence 31,735 $871
29 Nicholasville 29,249 $807
30 Owensboro 58,685 $657
31 Georgetown 31,708 $786
32 Shepherdsville 11,869 $756
33 Berea 14,667 $664
34 St. Matthews 17,930 $948
35 Radcliff 22,806 $714

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