These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Kentucky For 2019


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 2019:

  1. Indian Hills (Homes)
  2. Audubon Park (Homes)
  3. Windy Hills (Homes)
  4. Lakeside Park (Photos | Homes)
  5. Hurstbourne (Photos | Homes)
  6. Orchard Grass Hills (Homes)
  7. St. Regis Park (Homes)
  8. Beechwood Village (Homes)
  9. Northfield (Homes)
  10. Langdon Place (Homes)

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:

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,958
Median Income: $169,737 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $502,400 (2nd Best)
More on Indian Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,428
Median Income: $102,222 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $247,600 (11th Best)
More on Audubon Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,162
Median Income: $96,167 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $251,900 (10th Best)
More on Windy Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Lakeside Park, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,743
Median Income: $86,776 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $253,200 (9th Best)
More on Lakeside Park: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Hurstbourne, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,365
Median Income: $104,605 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $373,600 (4th Best)
More on Hurstbourne: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,959
Median Income: $85,375 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,200 (25th Best)
More on Orchard Grass Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,346
Median Income: $85,000 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $225,200 (14th Best)
More on St. Regis Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,439
Median Income: $75,583 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $241,400 (13th Best)
More on Beechwood Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,170
Median Income: $88,750 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $350,600 (5th Best)
More on Northfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,114
Median Income: $90,938 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $221,000 (15th Best)
More on Langdon Place: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,019
Median Income: $66,821 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $220,700 (16th Best)
More on Crescent Springs: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,851
Median Income: $113,711 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $376,900 (3rd Best)
More on Prospect: Data | Homes For Sale

Anchorage, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,211
Median Income: $172,188 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $663,600 (1st Best)
More on Anchorage: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,652
Median Income: $44,417 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $180,300 (23rd Best)
More on Massac: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,374
Median Income: $100,833 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,800 (8th Best)
More on Barbourmeade: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,591
Median Income: $105,882 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $247,400 (12th Best)
More on Elk Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,321
Median Income: $71,696 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $192,100 (20th Best)
More on Crestview Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,289
Median Income: $82,708 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,300 (29th Best)
More on Coldstream: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,847
Median Income: $47,585 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $153,800 (32nd Best)
More on Hendron: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,395
Median Income: $61,719 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,800 (37th Best)
More on Worthington Hills: 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. Jenkins
  2. Brodhead
  3. Pine Knot

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 2,958 $169,737.0 $502,400.0
2 Audubon Park 1,428 $102,222.0 $247,600.0
3 Windy Hills 2,162 $96,167.0 $251,900.0
4 Lakeside Park 2,743 $86,776.0 $253,200.0
5 Hurstbourne 4,365 $104,605.0 $373,600.0
6 Orchard Grass Hills 1,959 $85,375.0 $166,200.0
7 St. Regis Park 1,346 $85,000.0 $225,200.0
8 Beechwood Village 1,439 $75,583.0 $241,400.0
9 Northfield 1,170 $88,750.0 $350,600.0
10 Langdon Place 1,114 $90,938.0 $221,000.0
11 Crescent Springs 4,019 $66,821.0 $220,700.0
12 Prospect 4,851 $113,711.0 $376,900.0
13 Anchorage 2,211 $172,188.0 $663,600.0
14 Massac 4,652 $44,417.0 $180,300.0
15 Barbourmeade 1,374 $100,833.0 $261,800.0
16 Elk Creek 1,591 $105,882.0 $247,400.0
17 Crestview Hills 3,321 $71,696.0 $192,100.0
18 Coldstream 1,289 $82,708.0 $162,300.0
19 Hendron 4,847 $47,585.0 $153,800.0
20 Worthington Hills 1,395 $61,719.0 $138,800.0
21 Pioneer Village 2,844 $61,395.0 $147,000.0
22 Crestwood 4,840 $102,036.0 $262,800.0
23 Hurstbourne Acres 1,848 $60,199.0 $187,200.0
24 Park Hills 2,985 $53,586.0 $189,000.0
25 Reidland 4,304 $62,604.0 $144,000.0
26 Midway 1,676 $57,589.0 $165,700.0
27 Pewee Valley 1,576 $113,750.0 $342,700.0
28 Hebron Estates 1,094 $54,118.0 $197,000.0
29 Wilder 3,093 $55,473.0 $118,300.0
30 Masonville 1,324 $75,724.0 $99,500.0
31 Southgate 3,831 $53,096.0 $117,600.0
32 Simpsonville 2,727 $69,345.0 $162,900.0
33 Russell 3,284 $59,056.0 $165,000.0
34 Paintsville 4,181 $38,065.0 $110,500.0
35 Verona 1,321 $73,211.0 $194,600.0
36 Claryville 2,467 $93,625.0 $206,700.0
37 Crittenden 3,843 $44,469.0 $121,800.0
38 Worthington 1,443 $47,950.0 $99,000.0
39 Walton 4,189 $66,250.0 $150,300.0
40 Benton 4,464 $40,938.0 $121,600.0
41 Calvert City 2,519 $54,333.0 $99,400.0
42 Ludlow 4,523 $50,282.0 $104,900.0
43 West Buechel 1,306 $33,098.0 $93,300.0
44 Silver Grove 1,292 $51,071.0 $95,800.0
45 Heritage Creek 1,035 $60,729.0 $158,800.0
46 Doe Valley 1,844 $54,135.0 $168,600.0
47 Raceland 2,751 $44,327.0 $118,300.0
48 Grayson 4,052 $31,105.0 $106,400.0
49 West Liberty 3,314 $43,409.0 $140,300.0
50 Morganfield 3,525 $31,698.0 $69,800.0
51 Liberty 1,805 $25,605.0 $83,900.0
52 Eddyville 2,576 $33,446.0 $119,000.0
53 Hartford 2,710 $36,538.0 $80,600.0
54 Whitesburg 2,230 $36,607.0 $91,300.0
55 Beaver Dam 3,540 $36,716.0 $100,700.0
56 Auburn 1,457 $42,045.0 $99,800.0
57 Harlan 1,521 $23,801.0 $84,800.0
58 Ferguson 1,008 $38,125.0 $89,500.0
59 Warsaw 1,789 $40,027.0 $106,900.0
60 Greenup 1,173 $35,333.0 $82,900.0
61 Barbourville 3,125 $36,955.0 $155,700.0
62 Carrollton 3,854 $46,080.0 $108,800.0
63 Lewisport 1,829 $39,968.0 $81,300.0
64 Columbia 4,852 $26,675.0 $91,300.0
65 Watterson Park 1,292 $30,950.0 $123,700.0
66 Dixon 1,029 $46,250.0 $72,500.0
67 Lebanon Junction 1,978 $43,942.0 $105,400.0
68 Flemingsburg 2,869 $32,561.0 $84,500.0
69 Greenville 4,340 $27,415.0 $108,700.0
70 Ledbetter 1,447 $53,375.0 $91,400.0
71 Farley 4,432 $34,848.0 $64,800.0
72 Hardinsburg 2,410 $44,118.0 $102,800.0
73 Hodgenville 3,204 $32,142.0 $79,000.0
74 Louisa 2,902 $25,134.0 $119,100.0
75 Greensburg 2,311 $26,512.0 $76,800.0
76 Horse Cave 2,284 $35,080.0 $79,600.0
77 South Shore 1,121 $30,536.0 $66,300.0
78 Mount Vernon 2,730 $20,954.0 $86,500.0
79 La Center 1,067 $35,714.0 $103,200.0
80 Irvington 1,153 $33,833.0 $81,700.0
81 Perryville 1,090 $40,170.0 $93,000.0
82 Springfield 3,017 $37,551.0 $105,000.0
83 New Castle 1,015 $27,813.0 $102,200.0
84 Camargo 1,437 $40,313.0 $85,000.0
85 Stanton 2,670 $32,739.0 $80,900.0
86 Junction City 2,351 $37,258.0 $81,100.0
87 Marion 2,960 $31,733.0 $68,900.0
88 Coal Run Village 1,361 $41,250.0 $69,000.0
89 Wurtland 1,287 $40,125.0 $72,500.0
90 Brooks 2,707 $46,298.0 $110,400.0
91 Brandenburg 2,850 $41,139.0 $132,500.0
92 Fulton 2,465 $25,789.0 $68,700.0
93 Augusta 1,082 $35,417.0 $106,400.0
94 Williamstown 3,915 $35,089.0 $115,600.0
95 Ryland Heights 1,080 $50,625.0 $117,900.0
96 Burnside 1,185 $43,000.0 $131,800.0
97 Owenton 1,622 $27,845.0 $84,000.0
98 Elkton 2,269 $30,211.0 $86,900.0
99 Owingsville 2,028 $29,450.0 $98,300.0
100 Cadiz 2,610 $29,280.0 $103,100.0

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