Best Small Towns In Kentucky For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Kentucky.

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.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Kentucky for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Kentucky? Indian Hills is the best small town in Kentucky based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Indian Hills, 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.

For more reading on the Bluegrass State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Kentucky For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,965
Median Income: $184,375 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $510,600 (2nd Best)
More on Indian Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,297
Median Income: $94,145 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $257,600 (10th Best)
More on Windy Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,352
Median Income: $101,042 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $258,300 (9th Best)
More on Audubon Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Lakeside Park, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,749
Median Income: $79,063 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $198,300 (20th Best)
More on Lakeside Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,142
Median Income: $97,083 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,200 (5th Best)
More on Northfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,336
Median Income: $88,125 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $228,200 (14th Best)
More on St. Regis Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Hurstbourne, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,383
Median Income: $116,292 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $414,200 (3rd Best)
More on Hurstbourne: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,338
Median Income: $74,539 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $250,300 (11th Best)
More on Beechwood Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,862
Median Income: $84,875 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $175,300 (25th Best)
More on Orchard Grass Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,281
Median Income: $76,179 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $203,400 (18th Best)
More on Crestview Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Anchorage, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,281
Median Income: $180,833 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $672,400 (1st Best)
More on Anchorage: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,876
Median Income: $131,078 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $381,700 (4th Best)
More on Prospect: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,035
Median Income: $70,196 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $223,500 (15th Best)
More on Crescent Springs: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,888
Median Income: $50,179 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $177,800 (24th Best)
More on Massac: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,959
Median Income: $64,792 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $236,500 (13th Best)
More on Graymoor-Devondale: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Kentucky

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 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)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 155 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 155, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Kentucky. Top of that list — Indian Hills. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Kentucky.

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 15 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. Jenkins
  2. Pine Knot
  3. Flat Lick

For more kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kentucky

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Indian Hills, KY 2,965 $184,375.0 $510,600.0
2 Windy Hills, KY 2,297 $94,145.0 $257,600.0
3 Audubon Park, KY 1,352 $101,042.0 $258,300.0
4 Lakeside Park, KY 2,749 $79,063.0 $198,300.0
5 Northfield, KY 1,142 $97,083.0 $369,200.0
6 St. Regis Park, KY 1,336 $88,125.0 $228,200.0
7 Hurstbourne, KY 4,383 $116,292.0 $414,200.0
8 Beechwood Village, KY 1,338 $74,539.0 $250,300.0
9 Orchard Grass Hills, KY 1,862 $84,875.0 $175,300.0
10 Crestview Hills, KY 3,281 $76,179.0 $203,400.0
11 Anchorage, KY 2,281 $180,833.0 $672,400.0
12 Prospect, KY 4,876 $131,078.0 $381,700.0
13 Crescent Springs, KY 4,035 $70,196.0 $223,500.0
14 Massac, KY 4,888 $50,179.0 $177,800.0
15 Graymoor-Devondale, KY 2,959 $64,792.0 $236,500.0
16 Barbourmeade, KY 1,416 $104,886.0 $271,400.0
17 Plano, KY 1,015 $83,558.0 $148,500.0
18 Hurstbourne Acres, KY 1,891 $59,958.0 $196,900.0
19 Pewee Valley, KY 1,568 $117,083.0 $356,800.0
20 Hendron, KY 4,821 $58,264.0 $159,100.0
21 Russell, KY 3,311 $61,389.0 $167,300.0
22 Pioneer Village, KY 2,872 $67,411.0 $157,600.0
23 Worthington Hills, KY 1,494 $61,625.0 $146,100.0
24 Coldstream, KY 1,394 $79,375.0 $162,500.0
25 Reidland, KY 4,467 $62,831.0 $152,500.0
26 Elk Creek, KY 1,600 $104,438.0 $249,000.0
27 Midway, KY 1,749 $60,500.0 $170,600.0
28 Simpsonville, KY 2,786 $81,708.0 $168,900.0
29 Park Hills, KY 2,983 $57,969.0 $201,400.0
30 Hebron Estates, KY 1,080 $57,614.0 $205,500.0
31 Wilder, KY 3,083 $61,705.0 $122,900.0
32 Southgate, KY 3,859 $52,917.0 $123,900.0
33 Benton, KY 4,460 $49,595.0 $125,300.0
34 Crestwood, KY 4,914 $106,810.0 $273,500.0
35 Claryville, KY 2,581 $89,911.0 $210,700.0
36 Crittenden, KY 3,861 $47,061.0 $125,200.0
37 Masonville, KY 1,231 $66,970.0 $99,000.0
38 Ludlow, KY 4,515 $49,917.0 $107,400.0
39 Verona, KY 1,502 $74,038.0 $197,200.0
40 Heritage Creek, KY 1,069 $57,946.0 $162,100.0
41 Doe Valley, KY 1,877 $88,000.0 $186,200.0
42 Hartford, KY 2,722 $43,606.0 $86,200.0
43 Walton, KY 4,281 $68,854.0 $156,800.0
44 West Liberty, KY 3,369 $40,083.0 $126,300.0
45 Lynnview, KY 1,043 $49,265.0 $92,700.0
46 Raceland, KY 2,661 $45,865.0 $124,200.0
47 West Buechel, KY 1,501 $36,089.0 $86,600.0
48 Ledbetter, KY 1,770 $56,917.0 $119,900.0
49 Worthington, KY 1,579 $48,924.0 $100,600.0
50 Paintsville, KY 4,134 $31,121.0 $154,200.0
51 Westwood, KY 4,509 $38,529.0 $103,300.0
52 Calvert City, KY 2,509 $48,583.0 $98,500.0
53 Barbourville, KY 3,119 $45,536.0 $163,000.0
54 Hodgenville, KY 3,213 $31,898.0 $92,900.0
55 Whitesburg, KY 2,335 $37,105.0 $110,100.0
56 Lewisport, KY 1,877 $45,846.0 $82,000.0
57 Liberty, KY 1,970 $28,021.0 $83,400.0
58 Grayson, KY 4,015 $25,366.0 $111,000.0
59 Columbia, KY 4,722 $36,906.0 $92,900.0
60 Junction City, KY 2,080 $38,211.0 $84,200.0
61 Silver Grove, KY 1,450 $55,625.0 $93,800.0
62 Morganfield, KY 3,463 $35,136.0 $77,000.0
63 Eddyville, KY 2,565 $32,250.0 $114,300.0
64 Greenville, KY 4,323 $30,439.0 $115,800.0
65 Greensburg, KY 2,214 $30,744.0 $78,400.0
66 Beaver Dam, KY 3,560 $39,231.0 $95,900.0
67 New Castle, KY 1,094 $34,625.0 $99,600.0
68 Carrollton, KY 3,849 $40,205.0 $122,700.0
69 Burnside, KY 1,087 $41,719.0 $130,100.0
70 Springfield, KY 2,982 $38,958.0 $113,900.0
71 Warsaw, KY 1,861 $37,269.0 $95,800.0
72 Sturgis, KY 1,771 $36,310.0 $71,600.0
73 Flemingsburg, KY 2,837 $33,056.0 $84,000.0
74 Lebanon Junction, KY 2,046 $47,227.0 $103,500.0
75 Augusta, KY 1,119 $45,069.0 $100,900.0
76 Taylorsville, KY 1,547 $31,929.0 $167,700.0
77 Perryville, KY 1,009 $41,445.0 $88,400.0
78 Pleasureville, KY 1,016 $47,344.0 $98,200.0
79 Brandenburg, KY 2,850 $42,596.0 $139,500.0
80 Louisa, KY 2,947 $25,858.0 $118,300.0
81 Auburn, KY 1,293 $38,269.0 $100,900.0
82 Farley, KY 4,398 $35,991.0 $70,000.0
83 Watterson Park, KY 1,082 $30,195.0 $131,500.0
84 North Corbin, KY 2,211 $38,545.0 $80,100.0
85 Stanton, KY 2,646 $35,071.0 $96,800.0
86 Hardinsburg, KY 2,357 $42,708.0 $101,600.0
87 Harlan, KY 1,452 $23,226.0 $85,300.0
88 Mount Vernon, KY 2,702 $23,467.0 $86,600.0
89 Dixon, KY 1,069 $48,125.0 $69,200.0
90 Owingsville, KY 2,052 $33,179.0 $99,800.0
91 Coal Run Village, KY 1,534 $36,086.0 $71,100.0
92 Williamstown, KY 3,924 $37,813.0 $153,700.0
93 Cadiz, KY 2,608 $27,340.0 $106,800.0
94 Jackson, KY 2,022 $29,271.0 $95,700.0
95 Clay, KY 1,030 $36,719.0 $72,500.0
96 Marion, KY 2,935 $34,929.0 $69,600.0
97 Brooks, KY 2,575 $51,964.0 $126,200.0
98 Greenup, KY 1,268 $29,167.0 $83,700.0
99 Fulton, KY 2,522 $22,344.0 $67,400.0
100 Stearns, KY 1,052 $30,078.0 $54,400.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.