These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Kentucky


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Kentucky are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Kentucky, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Bluegrass State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Kentucky based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Kentucky ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Kentucky (in which to live):

  1. Crossgate
  2. Norbourne Estates
  3. Rolling Fields
  4. Manor Creek
  5. Bellewood
  6. Wellington
  7. Strathmoor Manor
  8. Brownsboro Farm
  9. Hills And Dales
  10. Strathmoor Village

If you live in one of these small towns like Crossgate, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Kentucky.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Kentucky

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 222 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 222, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Kentucky. Top of that list — Crossgate.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Kentucky. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Kentucky.

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1. Crossgate


Population 2014: 279
Median Income: $101,250
Median Home Price: $245,200
Crime Per 100k: 818

2. Norbourne Estates


Population 2014: 541
Median Income: $134,063
Median Home Price: $362,500
Crime Per 100k: 818

3. Rolling Fields


Population 2014: 622
Median Income: $104,583
Median Home Price: $587,100
Crime Per 100k: 818

4. Manor Creek


Population 2014: 154
Median Income: $110,000
Median Home Price: $246,600
Crime Per 100k: 818

5. Bellewood


Population 2014: 351
Median Income: $93,750
Median Home Price: $349,000
Crime Per 100k: 818

6. Wellington


Population 2014: 645
Median Income: $86,429
Median Home Price: $226,100
Crime Per 100k: 818

7. Strathmoor Manor


Population 2014: 363
Median Income: $120,208
Median Home Price: $281,300
Crime Per 100k: 818

8. Brownsboro Farm


Population 2014: 818
Median Income: $94,432
Median Home Price: $237,600
Crime Per 100k: 818

9. Hills And Dales


Population 2014: 143
Median Income: $131,250
Median Home Price: $420,800
Crime Per 100k: 818

10. Strathmoor Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 655
Median Income: $83,500
Median Home Price: $245,700
Crime Per 100k: 151

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Kentucky are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Kentucky:

  1. Prestonville
  2. Salt Lick
  3. Kenvir

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kentucky

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Crossgate 1 279 $101,250 $245,200 818
Norbourne Estates 2 541 $134,063 $362,500 818
Rolling Fields 3 622 $104,583 $587,100 818
Manor Creek 4 154 $110,000 $246,600 818
Bellewood 5 351 $93,750 $349,000 818
Wellington 6 645 $86,429 $226,100 818
Strathmoor Manor 7 363 $120,208 $281,300 818
Brownsboro Farm 8 818 $94,432 $237,600 818
Hills And Dales 9 143 $131,250 $420,800 818
Strathmoor Village 10 655 $83,500 $245,700 151
Broeck Pointe 11 241 $96,000 $260,800 818
Druid Hills 12 297 $110,625 $328,700 818
Seneca Gardens 13 603 $86,458 $350,500 818
Thornhill 14 190 $81,250 $254,700 818
Goose Creek 15 309 $89,107 $226,500 818
Bancroft 16 535 $91,667 $252,300 818
Langdon Place 17 778 $97,083 $211,000 818
Kingsley 18 381 $92,000 $229,700 818
Creekside 19 317 $100,250 $215,800 818
Riverwood 20 459 $127,500 $442,400 818
Glenview Manor 21 164 $86,667 $376,500 818
Green Spring 22 691 $106,118 $277,900 818
Blue Ridge Manor 23 835 $61,458 $148,800 818
Northfield 24 953 $93,036 $358,500 1,333
Lakeview Heights 25 223 $81,786 $165,000 1,100
Hickory Hill 26 111 $60,000 $197,500 1,032
Glenview 27 572 $176,375 $755,000 818
Old Brownsboro Place 28 348 $118,333 $296,100 818
Richlawn 29 410 $83,750 $242,400 818
Bellefonte 30 897 $106,667 $213,100 227
Meadowbrook Farm 31 160 $96,250 $168,300 1,403
Bellemeade 32 813 $77,000 $218,200 818
Meadow Vale 33 626 $74,844 $179,300 265
Woodlawn Park 34 807 $77,083 $180,800 905
Cecilia 35 495 $111,000 $238,200 818
Murray Hill 36 501 $42,344 $235,600 818
Pippa Passes 37 605 $62,019 $304,200 972
Brownsboro Village 38 306 $69,063 $241,200 818
Fincastle 39 850 $69,659 $149,400 1,585
Westport 40 188 $88,750 $244,600 818
Spring Mill 41 331 $79,688 $186,800 910
Norwood 42 326 $63,393 $226,100 818
Houston Acres 43 471 $61,346 $161,700 1,211
Wildwood 44 220 $67,159 $209,700 852
Cambridge 45 193 $51,875 $154,200 1,473
Lincolnshire 46 103 $69,375 $183,000 818
Hollow Creek 47 969 $80,921 $177,300 1,319
Meadowview Estates 48 327 $45,781 $146,400 1,592
Briarwood 49 465 $50,815 $135,600 1,564
Rolling Hills 50 981 $56,750 $162,400 1,561
Fox Chase 51 511 $74,583 $223,000 818
Smiths Grove 52 640 $53,182 $109,000 558
Forest Hills 53 353 $75,938 $170,300 1,202
Woodlawn 54 215 $61,875 $117,800 1,700
Woodland Hills 55 578 $60,313 $153,200 1,499
Diablock 56 463 $43,750 $81,400 2,128
Moorland 57 390 $46,771 $126,400 1,944
Parkway Village 58 692 $47,917 $125,900 1,971
Trenton 59 345 $46,477 $84,300 515
Hunters Hollow 60 352 $54,167 $118,800 2,120
Sycamore 61 157 $55,833 $133,600 1,596
Crestview 62 403 $58,125 $126,800 1,930
Grand Rivers 63 401 $47,981 $165,600 1,463
Plantation 64 831 $53,929 $145,200 1,817
Mentor 65 224 $61,875 $122,900 1,979
Auxier 66 486 $51,272 $98,300 2,114
Sedalia 67 230 $49,926 $126,900 1,506
Magnolia 68 613 $55,395 $97,100 2,118
Sonora 69 585 $45,625 $99,300 1,984
Perryville 70 870 $37,000 $103,100 132
Sadieville 71 362 $54,250 $89,800 311
Beechmont 72 825 $34,096 $92,900 2,318
Butler 73 482 $33,487 $81,700 2,514
Pembroke 74 1,009 $39,750 $77,900 1,135
Kuttawa 75 754 $52,313 $126,300 1,717
Belleview 76 674 $54,196 $117,500 2,243
Maceo 77 546 $60,357 $77,800 2,448
Science Hill 78 746 $29,583 $113,100 425
Stamping Ground 79 708 $32,794 $96,500 585
Mays Lick 80 117 $34,107 $100,700 1,864
Mackville 81 234 $51,250 $91,400 2,362
Oakland 82 201 $56,250 $104,200 2,188
Robards 83 592 $64,792 $93,800 2,388
Milton 84 677 $39,500 $117,000 2,119
Hanson 85 621 $55,938 $91,200 1,912
Artemus 86 649 $43,333 $82,500 2,545
Plum Springs 87 453 $41,750 $96,500 2,415
Raywick 88 248 $40,795 $100,000 2,379
North Middletown 89 923 $39,306 $83,800 2,589
Loyall 90 706 $21,842 $65,700 1,048
Melbourne 91 672 $47,639 $136,700 2,191
Hiseville 92 166 $60,833 $95,000 2,251
Buckhorn 93 132 $58,750 $57,500 2,545
Rabbit Hash 94 315 $47,361 $228,100 1,043
Farmington 95 477 $54,867 $49,200 2,731
Salem 96 702 $39,333 $80,500 2,385
Woodburn 97 433 $35,833 $107,200 2,328
California 98 93 $56,875 $129,200 2,191
Whitesville 99 565 $29,267 $85,700 2,722
Centertown 100 290 $41,250 $58,600 225

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