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A+ Louisville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Louisville Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Kentucky
Louisville
919% less expensive than the US average
Kentucky
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Louisville cost of living
F Louisville Crime Total crime is 103% higher than Kentucky
Total crime
4,76973% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2173% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Louisville crime
D Louisville Employment Household income is 5% higher than Kentucky
Median household income
$46,88115% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,7267% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%10% higher than the US average
Louisville employment
C- Louisville Housing Home value is 13% higher than Kentucky
Median home value
$143,10023% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74821% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Louisville real estate or Louisville rentals
F Louisville Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Kentucky
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
40%19% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:13% lower than the US average
Louisville K-12 schools or Louisville colleges

Living in Louisville, KY

Louisville, Kentucky is a large city with a population of 611,573 residents. At 71%, the majority of the Louisville population is White; this is followed by 23% Black and 2% Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Louisville. With average one way commute time of only 22 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Louisville, Kentucky could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Louisville and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Louisville to Kentucky and the national average.

Louisville, KY receives 66 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #365 in Kentucky and #15,689 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that Louisville ranks very well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). The bad news for Louisville, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Louisville on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Churchill Downs, and Kentucky Derby Museum.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Louisville has an unemployment rate of 1.27% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Louisville is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Louisville come in at $143,100, which is 13.5% higher than the Kentucky average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Louisville, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 10.7% higher than the Kentucky average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Louisville were 4.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.8%.

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Compare Louisville, KY Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Louisville, KY

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Audubon, Louisville887.86,308
Bonnycastle, Louisville8462,176
Hawthorne, Louisville844.41,955
Cherokee Triangle, Louisville836.94,174
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Avondale Melbourne Heights, Louisville833.12,213
Rock Creek Lexington Road, Louisville834.12,154
Belknap, Louisville8164,550
Gardiner Lane, Louisville815.2962

Best Cities Near Louisville, KY

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Langdon Place, KY903.4975
Hickory Hill, KY903.6153
Hurstbourne Acres, KY881.21,827
St. Regis Park, KY881.71,453
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Creekside, KY883.8303
Manor Creek, KY884.1285
Thornhill, KY874281
Audubon Park, KY877.91,449
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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.
  • 2 -1
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.
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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.
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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).
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