Ashland 70 Average
Ashland Livability #271 ranked city in Kentucky#12,973 ranked city in the USARanks better than 55% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Ashland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Ashland Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Kentucky
8416% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ashland cost of living
D Ashland Crime Total crime is 87% higher than Kentucky
Total crime
3,95159% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2659% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Ashland crime
D- Ashland Employment Household income is 11% lower than Kentucky
Median household income
$39,74228% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,51918% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%9% higher than the US average
Ashland employment
F Ashland Housing Home value is 26% lower than Kentucky
Median home value
$93,40049% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$61136% lower than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Ashland real estate or Ashland rentals
C Ashland Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Kentucky
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
51%3% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Ashland K-12 schools
C+ Ashland User Ratings There are a total of 3 ratings in Ashland
Overall user rating
67% 3 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
64% 2 total surveys
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      Living in Ashland, KY

      Ashland, Kentucky is a mid-sized city with a population of 21,294 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Ashland is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Ashland is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 19 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Ashland, Kentucky could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Ashland, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, weather, employment, housing and more.

      Ashland, KY receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #273 in Kentucky and #11,428 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Ashland has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). There are some categories that Ashland ranks poorly for, including: employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Ashland has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Ashland gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 186 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      Assuming that Ashland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Ashland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Ashland are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Ashland come in at $93,400, which is 25.9% lower than the Kentucky average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Ashland, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 14.3% lower than the Kentucky average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Ashland area were 7.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Ashland transportation information

      Average one way commute19min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.9%82.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.6%9.7%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.6%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.9%2.4%2.8%
      Working from home1.3%3.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Ashland, KY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).