These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Kentucky For 2018


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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Kentucky for 2018:

  1. Indian Hills (Homes For Sale)
  2. Audubon Park (Homes For Sale)
  3. Windy Hills (Homes For Sale)
  4. Hurstbourne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Beechwood Village (Homes For Sale)
  6. St. Regis Park (Homes For Sale)
  7. Orchard Grass Hills (Homes For Sale)
  8. Graymoor-Devondale (Homes For Sale)
  9. Barbourmeade (Homes For Sale)
  10. Northfield (Homes For Sale)

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.

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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 2012-2016 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 – 154 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 154, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Kentucky. Top of that list — Indian Hills.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Kentucky.

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1. Indian Hills


Population: 2,953
Median Income: $159,737 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $468,900 (2nd Best)
More on Indian Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Audubon Park


Population: 1,449
Median Income: $96,375 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,300 (9th Best)
More on Audubon Park: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Windy Hills


Population: 2,203
Median Income: $88,558 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $241,300 (10th Best)
More on Windy Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Hurstbourne

Hurstbourne, KY

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,343
Median Income: $105,304 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $376,600 (3rd Best)
More on Hurstbourne: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

5. Beechwood Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,368
Median Income: $70,819 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $233,000 (12th Best)
More on Beechwood Village: Data| Homes For Sale

6. St. Regis Park


Population: 1,453
Median Income: $85,000 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $216,900 (15th Best)
More on St. Regis Park: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Orchard Grass Hills


Population: 1,787
Median Income: $73,409 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,400 (27th Best)
More on Orchard Grass Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Graymoor-Devondale


Population: 2,942
Median Income: $66,452 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $220,400 (14th Best)
More on Graymoor-Devondale: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Barbourmeade


Population: 1,391
Median Income: $99,514 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (8th Best)
More on Barbourmeade: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Northfield


Population: 1,132
Median Income: $85,833 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $345,200 (6th Best)
More on Northfield: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Lakeside Park

Lakeside Park, KY

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,762
Median Income: $68,594 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $233,200 (11th Best)
More on Lakeside Park: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

12. Prospect


Population: 4,789
Median Income: $110,967 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $373,300 (4th Best)
More on Prospect: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Crestview Hills


Population: 3,327
Median Income: $68,186 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $185,000 (21st Best)
More on Crestview Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Anchorage

Anchorage, KY

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,091
Median Income: $167,813 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $634,300 (1st Best)
More on Anchorage: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

15. Crescent Springs


Population: 3,986
Median Income: $53,724 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $213,300 (16th Best)
More on Crescent Springs: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Elk Creek


Population: 1,505
Median Income: $89,792 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $232,900 (13th Best)
More on Elk Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Goshen


Population: 1,012
Median Income: $83,500 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $178,300 (23rd Best)
More on Goshen: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Hurstbourne Acres


Population: 1,827
Median Income: $53,839 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $183,600 (22nd Best)
More on Hurstbourne Acres: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Coldstream


Population: 1,322
Median Income: $83,500 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $160,300 (30th Best)
More on Coldstream: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Crestwood


Population: 4,768
Median Income: $88,267 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $253,300 (7th Best)
More on Crestwood: Data| Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Pine Knot
  2. Jenkins
  3. Brodhead

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Kentucky

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Indian Hills 2,953 $159,737 $468,900
2 Audubon Park 1,449 $96,375 $246,300
3 Windy Hills 2,203 $88,558 $241,300
4 Hurstbourne 4,343 $105,304 $376,600
5 Beechwood Village 1,368 $70,819 $233,000
6 St. Regis Park 1,453 $85,000 $216,900
7 Orchard Grass Hills 1,787 $73,409 $163,400
8 Graymoor-Devondale 2,942 $66,452 $220,400
9 Barbourmeade 1,391 $99,514 $248,200
10 Northfield 1,132 $85,833 $345,200
11 Lakeside Park 2,762 $68,594 $233,200
12 Prospect 4,789 $110,967 $373,300
13 Crestview Hills 3,327 $68,186 $185,000
14 Anchorage 2,091 $167,813 $634,300
15 Crescent Springs 3,986 $53,724 $213,300
16 Elk Creek 1,505 $89,792 $232,900
17 Goshen 1,012 $83,500 $178,300
18 Hurstbourne Acres 1,827 $53,839 $183,600
19 Coldstream 1,322 $83,500 $160,300
20 Crestwood 4,768 $88,267 $253,300
21 Massac 4,299 $41,523 $177,200
22 Worthington Hills 1,408 $59,697 $134,700
23 Reidland 4,388 $62,037 $149,200
24 Pewee Valley 1,617 $94,205 $346,200
25 Midway 1,681 $51,857 $163,000
26 Wilder 3,066 $57,972 $133,500
27 Hebron Estates 1,134 $51,875 $193,500
28 Pioneer Village 2,844 $58,649 $144,100
29 Plano 1,022 $73,667 $148,700
30 Park Hills 2,987 $47,115 $190,000
31 Southgate 3,814 $53,026 $114,000
32 Simpsonville 2,657 $65,455 $161,400
33 Russell 3,281 $59,073 $164,000
34 Masonville 1,206 $70,486 $99,100
35 Verona 1,145 $70,000 $192,600
36 Lynnview 1,023 $48,846 $90,100
37 Walton 4,081 $64,551 $147,900
38 Benton 4,483 $42,896 $116,300
39 Claryville 2,637 $85,417 $202,200
40 Doe Valley 1,507 $52,404 $167,900
41 Crittenden 3,843 $48,503 $125,400
42 Morganfield 3,571 $36,676 $84,900
43 Ludlow 4,528 $47,006 $108,600
44 Worthington 1,406 $46,620 $95,400
45 Whitesburg 2,196 $37,989 $91,100
46 West Liberty 3,318 $36,283 $149,700
47 Calvert City 2,544 $44,939 $99,300
48 Grayson 4,093 $32,063 $100,500
49 Heritage Creek 1,010 $52,692 $156,000
50 Ledbetter 1,904 $52,667 $91,100
51 West Buechel 1,175 $31,754 $89,000
52 Liberty 1,861 $30,250 $87,300
53 Raceland 2,799 $42,574 $109,100
54 Warsaw 1,890 $36,442 $123,000
55 Silver Grove 1,278 $45,417 $93,100
56 Hartford 2,732 $33,839 $79,400
57 Auburn 1,513 $33,636 $100,400
58 Harlan 1,554 $23,955 $83,800
59 Dixon 1,118 $40,938 $65,400
60 Coal Run Village 1,609 $37,321 $109,500
61 Columbia 4,847 $28,313 $87,800
62 Paintsville 4,246 $27,030 $99,800
63 Greenville 4,401 $30,192 $99,500
64 Lewisport 1,617 $40,000 $78,400
65 Barbourville 3,172 $35,165 $152,400
66 Louisa 2,708 $27,045 $119,800
67 Eddyville 2,591 $28,988 $109,500
68 Hodgenville 3,236 $31,859 $82,800
69 Carrollton 3,914 $34,063 $97,600
70 Lebanon Junction 1,851 $43,333 $106,500
71 Stanton 2,685 $33,922 $76,100
72 Watterson Park 1,343 $30,694 $108,300
73 Greensburg 2,243 $26,515 $76,700
74 Williamstown 3,935 $41,042 $119,900
75 Junction City 2,349 $35,139 $83,300
76 Hardinsburg 2,212 $41,793 $96,100
77 La Center 1,054 $33,345 $101,400
78 Farley 4,617 $37,029 $70,600
79 Greenup 1,110 $34,250 $74,600
80 Taylorsville 1,337 $30,054 $121,400
81 Augusta 1,114 $34,375 $93,500
82 Owingsville 1,896 $30,921 $110,600
83 Flemingsburg 2,880 $25,843 $82,800
84 Beaver Dam 3,586 $33,340 $78,800
85 New Castle 1,079 $29,028 $102,700
86 Cadiz 2,630 $32,625 $99,000
87 Brooks 2,491 $42,731 $96,500
88 Pineville 1,744 $18,531 $83,600
89 Falmouth 2,608 $37,778 $64,700
90 Ferguson 1,087 $37,656 $85,600
91 Brandenburg 2,870 $40,875 $129,900
92 Ryland Heights 1,063 $55,938 $123,200
93 Burnside 1,270 $49,844 $136,400
94 Clay 1,052 $40,000 $59,500
95 Mount Vernon 2,783 $21,104 $86,700
96 Irvington 1,018 $31,321 $77,200
97 Springfield 3,016 $31,691 $99,900
98 Sebree 1,504 $32,708 $81,200
99 South Shore 1,035 $25,972 $61,000
100 Elkton 2,166 $32,045 $83,100

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