The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Louisville are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Louisville.
Safest Neighborhoods In Louisville
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Louisville are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Louisville. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Louisville neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Louisville in 2020? That would be Bonnycastle. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Louisville.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Louisville neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Louisville.

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How We Determined The Safest Louisville Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Louisville.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 65 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Louisville.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Bonnycastle.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Louisville. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Louisville For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,176
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97
Property Crime Per 100k: 990
More on Bonnycastle: Homes For Sale | Data

Bonnycastle is a neighborhood four miles southeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky USA. It is considered a part of a larger area of Louisville called The Highlands. Its boundaries are Bardstown Road, Cherokee Road, Eastern Parkway and Speed Avenue.

The violent crime per 100K people in Bonnycastle comes in at 97 and the property crime per capita is 990 for 2020.

Belknap Louisville, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,550
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 100
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,251
More on Belknap: Homes For Sale | Data

Belknap is an urban neighborhood three and a half miles east of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The neighborhood is bound by Bardstown Road, Douglass Boulevard, Dundee Road and Newburg Road. It is part of a larger area of Louisville called the Highlands. Belknap is often described as the neighborhood in the heart of The Highlands.

The violent crime per 100K people in Belknap comes in at 100 and the property crime per capita is 1,251 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,955
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 162
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,285
More on Hawthorne: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Hawthorne comes in at 162 and the property crime per capita is 1,285 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,213
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 159
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,553
More on Avondale Melbourne Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Avondale Melbourne Heights comes in at 159 and the property crime per capita is 1,553 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,308
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,325
More on Audubon: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Audubon comes in at 189 and the property crime per capita is 1,325 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 913
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,191
More on Cherokee Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Cherokee Gardens comes in at 38 and the property crime per capita is 2,191 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,322
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,413
More on Hayfield Dundee: Homes For Sale | Data

Hayfield-Dundee is a neighborhood in eastern Louisville, Kentucky. Its boundaries are Dundee Road, Emerson Avenue, Newburg Road, I-264, and Tremond Drive to the east. Prior to subdivision, much of the land had been part of the Hayfield Farm, owned by Dr. Charles Wilkens Short, a founding professor of the University of Louisville medical school.

The violent crime per 100K people in Hayfield Dundee comes in at 181 and the property crime per capita is 1,413 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,561
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 305
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,102
More on Cloverleaf: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Cloverleaf comes in at 305 and the property crime per capita is 2,102 for 2020.

Cherokee Seneca Louisville, KY

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,515
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,403
More on Cherokee Seneca: Homes For Sale | Data

Cherokee-Seneca is a neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is bounded by I-64 and other neighborhoods, and includes the two large parks Cherokee Park and Seneca Park, as well as the homes built around those parks. The area is hilly, consisting of ridges around the middle fork of Beargrass Creek.

The violent crime per 100K people in Cherokee Seneca comes in at 185 and the property crime per capita is 2,403 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,230
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 282
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,381
More on Hikes Point: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Hikes Point comes in at 282 and the property crime per capita is 2,381 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Louisville

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bonnycastle is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Kentucky residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Louisville For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Bonnycastle 1,087
2 Belknap 1,351
3 Hawthorne 1,447
4 Avondale Melbourne Heights 1,712
5 Audubon 1,514
6 Cherokee Gardens 2,229
7 Hayfield Dundee 1,594
8 Cloverleaf 2,407
9 Cherokee Seneca 2,588
10 Hikes Point 2,663
11 Cherokee Triangle 2,668
12 Crescent Hill 2,662
13 Klondike 2,493
14 Rock Creek Lexington Road 3,393
15 Deer Park 2,977
16 University 3,228
17 Central Business District 2,843
18 Highlands Douglas 3,890
19 Brownsboro Zorn 3,367
20 Kenwood Hill 3,622
21 Poplar Level 4,444
22 Bon Air 3,636
23 Clifton Heights 3,736
24 Bowman 4,134
25 Southside 3,820
26 Germantown 4,336
27 Schnitzelburg 4,579
28 Camp Taylor 4,952
29 Butchertown 4,556
30 Gardiner Lane 6,122
31 Bashford Manor 5,065
32 Paristowne Point 5,227
33 Irish Hill 5,635
34 Beechmont 6,372
35 Smoketown Jackson 6,866
36 Iroquois 6,472
37 Iroquios Park 7,294
38 Park Duvalle 6,296
39 Prestonia 7,940
40 Clifton 7,494
41 California 7,533
42 Wyandotte 7,971
43 Limerick 7,882
44 Hallmark 7,771
45 Shawnee 7,977
46 Edgewood 9,069
47 Merriwether 8,765
48 Jacobs 8,667
49 Wilder Park 9,462
50 South Louisville 9,281
51 Tyler Park 10,430
52 Saint Joseph 9,658
53 Chickasaw 9,458
54 Old Louisville 10,355
55 Taylor Berry 9,627
56 Soutland Park 9,485
57 Phoenix Hill 10,486
58 Algonquin 10,914
59 Portland 10,626
60 Highlands 12,095
61 Shelby Park 11,635
62 Parkland 11,764
63 Hazelwood 11,877
64 Park Hill 13,291
65 Russell 13,518

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.

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