Louisville, KY

Population: 611,573

Key findings

  • Louisville has a Livability Score of 64/100, which is considered below average
  • Louisville crime rates are 125% higher than the Kentucky average
  • Cost of living in Louisville is 5% higher than the Kentucky average
  • Louisville real estate prices are 13% higher than the Kentucky average
  • Rental prices in Louisville are 8% higher than the Kentucky average

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      Louisville, KY

      Louisville is Kentucky's largest city, and it sits just a stone's throw away from the Ohio border. The city is the birthplace of the world's greatest boxer of all-time, Muhammad Ali, and the home of the one of the most famous sporting events in the United States, horse racing's Kentucky Derby. A trip to Churchill Downs to see the horses and sip mint juleps on the infield is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that those who call Louisville home can experience every year.

      With a population of over 600,000, Louisville is a large city that does not feel too overwhelming. The city is named after King Louis XVI of France, and it is one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Home prices in the city are very affordable, and there are a large number of employers that offer solid wages to city residents. UPS Airlines, GE, Humana, and Yum Brands are just a handful of the employers that have large business operations in the city. Those looking to buy a home could start their search in the Highlands, Russel, California, or Crescent Hill communities. Each of these areas of town have a unique style and charm that a potential buyer needs to experience to believe.

      Another claim to fame for the city is being the birthplace of the hit song Happy Birthday. Those who are looking to celebrate today can head to the Louisville Zoo and treat their children to a day spent looking at a wonderful collection of animals. Baseball fans can hop across the river to watch the Cincinnati Reds play, or they can head to the Louisville Slugger museum to see where the finest bats in Major League Baseball are manufactured and the methodical process that it takes to make a custom baseball bat.

      The city has a good road network that helps residents transit from home to work and all points in between. There are six freeways that help carry traffic in and around the city, and two beltways that surround the Louisville area. The city has local street names that correspond to a Kentucky Route number. While this may be confusing to transplants to the city, most people get the hang of it pretty quickly. The Transit Authority of River City offers bus service for those who are looking to give up driving and leave the task to a professional.

      If you are looking to put down roots in a city that is known for greatness and known for its welcoming nature, Louisville is a smart choice. It offers a high quality of life at affordable prices. Your dollar will stretch far in Louisville, and you will quickly fall in love with Louisville.

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      Louisville Reviews

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      Moving out of downtown asap
      Attractions2/10
      Community1/10
      Nightlife2/10
      Dining3/10
      Shopping2/10
      Lived downtown 9 years. Downtown has become a sesspool of people have no respect for others property. The stress of living here has become insurmountable and overall negative to my mental health. Worrying about not locking my car even for a few minutes, minor constant inconveniences like stolen mail become extra expenses for a post box. Car alarm, high speed internet, cameras, higher insurance premiums, renters insurance, property maintence companies that have bought up all the houses downtown— get me out of here! The whole energy of this town is ugly and stressful. It’s beginning to cost too much for rent and repairing the constant vandalism is expensive and exhausting. I’m moving out of here.
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      Just say "NO!"
      Attractions1/10
      Community4/10
      Nightlife1/10
      Dining5/10
      Shopping4/10
      I've lived in Luavul since 1985. MAN! Has it gone downhill. Shootings in EVERY zip code (last night by Oxmoor Mall at a restaurant). Graffiti degrades every sign, wall, bridge, building - you name it. Garbage everywhere. Expect to be carjacked at any time of day or part of town. DO NOT go downtown. Avoid public outdoor events and the Bardstown Road bar corridor because you might get shot, robbed at gunpoint or become collateral damage in a gang dispute. It stinks in summer (cicadas this year - they're still rotting). It's freezing cold, typically, in winters. It's humid all year long which exacerbates the heat and cold. But I will say the good people here ARE good. In my neighborhood we all know and look out for each other. I have many friends who live here. I also have many who've moved. I plan to move out of the Metro as soon as I can due to the stress, crime, disregard for others and their property and the general ugliness caused by certain factions.
      4 0
      Get out while you can
      Attractions6/10
      Community3/10
      Nightlife2/10
      Dining9/10
      Shopping8/10
      I used to love this city. It was unique and eclectic. It’s going downhill fast! Schools are horrible, crime is on the rise, the weather is stupid, taxes are outrageous. Litter everywhere you turn, unless it’s Derby week then the city is spotless to make it look nice for tourists. Louisville is turning into little Chicago... can’t wait to get out of here.
      11 -4
      What's Louiville like
      Attractions5/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife6/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping8/10
      Weather Like a rainforest and u might get robbed. Better to stay towards bardstown and bullitt county area if you want to be safer. Downtown is a crackhead jungle...
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      Can't wait to leave
      Attractions2/10
      Community2/10
      Nightlife2/10
      Dining2/10
      Shopping2/10
      I'm from the NYC area and cannot wait to leave Louisville. I'm bored out of my mind. There just isn't enough to do if you like change. Everything is the same day in and day out. Some people like the complacency this town offers but if you like to be always on the go and are a true City person, you will always find yourself heading off to Cincinnati or Chicago. Too small for me. Not much diversity. It's also ugly. If you have children, you'd better seriously pay attention to the poor educational system.
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      Amazing place to live!!
      Attractions9/10
      Community10/10
      Nightlife10/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping9/10
      I can even explain how great the city is. Every day, there is something new to see. You can take a hike through the many beautiful parks. Walk along the walking bridge downtown. Go see various sporting events. Including the bats and the cards!! The dining is very diverse. I am a former resident, and based on where I live now, Louisville is a complete 10/10. The people are very nice and warm, and overall very genuine. A perfect place to live especially for families.
      5 -6
      ILOVEKICKBOXING Louisville is the best
      Attractions9/10
      Community9/10
      Nightlife9/10
      Dining9/10
      Shopping9/10
      I had no plans to do more than 3 classes when I purchased my gloves and 3 class combo. However, after my first workout I decided to buy a class pass. It has helped me get out of my comfort zone, increase my fitness, and is an excellent stress reliever. The staff has been really supportive and I highly recommend trying out a class!
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      Kickboxing is awesome
      Attractions10/10
      Community10/10
      Nightlife10/10
      Dining10/10
      Shopping10/10
      I love kickboxing on Hurstbourne Lane is a high-energy, motivational facility with instructors that push you to be your best. I've been a member for a month and love it.
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      Watch out for the Three Bridge Tolls
      Attractions1/10
      Community1/10
      Nightlife1/10
      Dining1/10
      Shopping1/10
      We travel from Milwaukee to Florida going through Louisville, Ky. We will never go through there again. There are three bridge tolls in Louisville. There is no way to pay the toll until they send you a bill. Two weeks later, no bill yet, but you are threatened with penalties and cancelation of you vehicle registration if not paid. I called the river link. They said they couldn't find our vehicle or name in the system. Now this is a big hassle because we don't want our registration canceled. Why should we pay a toll to travel over a bridge that is paid from our federal taxes just because they can't run their state doesn't mean I should have to pay for their bridge. When we left Florida we had a beautiful ride through Illinois and no Kentucky and Indiana potholes.
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      Things to do
      Attractions8/10
      Community5/10
      Nightlife9/10
      Dining9/10
      Shopping8/10
      There is always something to do here. The Oxford Mall, Mall St. Matthews, small food establishments that are hard to find elsewhere, Cherokee Park, Central Park, and the Highlands for those wanting to enjoy the nightlife,
      consignment and thrift shops, and there is the Science Museum of Discovery where I took a field trip to when I was a child. The Museum is packed with amazing artifacts and hands-on activities that teach kids about science in the working world. However much there is to do, there is a downside. It is not family friendly, especially in the downtown area. It is sad that the crime rate here is extremely high, and locals are not as friendly as they should be. If you are looking for a good time I would recommend traveling to Louisville. Staying here I would not recommend because it is extremely hard to find parking spaces and traffic is horrindous (I almost ran out of gas waiting to get home while sitting in traffic). For families (especially with young-teenage children, I would not recommend living here.
      3 -3
      Nice place to visit once in a while but you don't want to live here
      Attractions7/10
      Community3/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping5/10
      Take it from someone who has lived here their whole life, don't move here. Louisville is only focused on nightlife, that's it. Louisville has some nice restaurants too though but the main focus is nightlife. Louisvilians try to paint a picture of themselves as kind and welcoming people when that is far from the case. Many locals are rude, self centered and obnoxious. Just being on the road proves this. There are pockets of good people but the bad outnumbers the good. Crimes has become a serious problem, most of the crime being heroin related. The city has many problems yet no solutions to fix it. Education is a joke here. Crime continues to get worse. Traffic is a joke and Louisville is considered to have among the highest hit and run deaths in the nation. If you like a city that is 300% dedicated to nightlife and nothing more, this is the place to move to.
      4 -1
      Louisville, Kentucky - More than the Derby
      Attractions8/10
      Community4/10
      Nightlife9/10
      Dining9/10
      Shopping6/10
      Whether you are visiting Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, or are just stopping off for business for a few days, there is so much to see and do in the area. It is best to visit during the spring and summer months, as the weather is beautiful and the vegetation gorgeous, however, no matter what time of the year you visit Louisville, Kentucky, you are sure to fins something to take in and do.

      No matter your age, there is always something to see and do. For the adults, Churchhill Downs is one of the premiere horse racing locations in the world, and is home to the Kentucky Derby (of course there are other races that take place here throughout the season). Although some individuals spend hundreds of dollars on seats here, you can get into the infield all day for under $50. This is a great day of fun, and you can bring in your cooler and tailgate until the start of the race. It is sure to be a time you'll never forget.

      Outside of this, there is the University of Louisville, plus the cities AAA baseball team, which brings in locals from all areas. There is also an exceptional nightlife, as one full section of the city has an overhang between skyscrapers, so the weather does not fall onto partiers, and it is possible to walk between buildings with your drink out and dance the night away. However, if you are looking for shopping, it is best to look someplace else. Outside of crazy derby hats, Kentucky isn't known for its fashion.

      Outside of shopping, you are sure to have a blast inside Louisville, and there is always something new to see and do.
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      Louisville - A Gem of the Bluegrass
      Attractions8/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife8/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping7/10
      As a resident of Kentucky, I have traveled to Louisville on several occasions for different reasons. Each time, I have enjoyed my stay in Louisville greatly and have had no bad experiences to speak of.

      I find the people to be very kind and welcoming and Louisville itself is full of lovely attractions and things to do, great restaurants, and nice places to just sit back and relax. I often visit for the Louisville Zoo, which is an excellent attraction and an enjoyable trip for all ages. There are many great hotels in Louisville to choose from and great restaurants full of tasty food are always in close proximity. The shopping in Louisville is nice, and I find many stores that I would not have encountered in my own hometown.

      Overall, I have found Louisville to be an excellent city and although it cannot compare to such cities as Los Angeles or New York, it is certainly one of the greatest, if not the greatest city in Kentucky.
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      Source: The Louisville, KY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).