Population: 21,294Median home value: $93,400 70 Ranks better than 60% of areas

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A+ Ashland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Ashland Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% 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
C- Ashland Crime Total crime is 83% higher than Kentucky
Total crime
4,31557% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2457% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
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 or Ashland colleges

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.

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I lived in Ashland for about fifteen years and I just recently moved. For years, I always enjoyed living in Ashland and I enjoyed the fact that the town is relatively close to both West Virginia and Ohio since my wife and I have family in both states. Ashland is only minutes away from Huntington and I would always take my children to see the Marshall University football games. However, living near Huntington, West Virginia has it's downfalls. Over the past few years the town has become ridden with drugs, which have thus began to flood into Ashland, resulting in an increase of crime as well.

Aside from recent drug and crime issues, Ashland is not a bad place to live. The living expenses there are relatively low compared to other states. There's also a decent amount of jobs in the area, especially in the steel industry and medical industry because there are so many factories and hospitals in the surrounding areas.
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