I moved to Owensboro last year (KY is my 6th state) and these are my thoughts so far. The good: Owensboro is a nice size of about 55,000 not too big or small, there's plenty of stores and places to eat. The Riverfront area called Smothers park is very beautiful, the downtown area of a few streets is as well, there are a few other parks that are nice in the city and a pretty decent bike path but it could be longer and lead to more stuff. it is pretty easy to learn your way around also if you like second hand goods there's 2 goodwills and a few indoor flea markets, Traffic is not as bad as Bowling Green, most parts of the city look nice and there's some stuff around to do. The Bad: a few areas are pretty run Down even main through ways such as on Triplett a few blocks around the intersection of 18th wheres Gabes tower is, Gabes is a big abandoned round building that used to be a Hotel and now is a symbol of downtroddeness. but they did build a farmers market that is nice a few blocks up, and a little talk of fixing the area so at least there's hope, a few streets on the west side are rather downtrodden and there's crime. Also there are no places that rock or Metal bands come to play here. The Strange: Owensboro has a weird vibe most places you go will have a steady vibe that is either good or bad or in between but Owensboro's vibe changes on a day to day basis that can not really be attributed to anything in particular its like sometimes the wind blows depression over from Indiana or something. All in all I'd say Owensboro is pretty good, really good on the good vibe days but a bit depressing on the low vibe days. Also the weather can be bi-polar and the Summer is very hot but not quite at South Carolina levels of hot.
I have lived in Owensboro, KY for a few years now. While it does have a few drawbacks I love the beautiful parks, the weather and the Fine Arts Museum. This city is on the banks of the Ohio River. I have even heard that Johnny Depp used to live here! That is not surprising since it is a great place to live. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
While there are some areas to stay away from most of the city is safe to walk around. The worst part is, there are not many sidewalks. This is especially true for the outer areas. In fact, when you want to go somewhere you are probably going to have to drive. Unless I am in the heart of downtown I take my car to get from one place to the next. That is not usually a problem, though, the traffic is not bad.
Probably the best thing to do in Owensboro is visit downtown. It is beautiful. I love visiting the park along the Ohio River. In good weather there are bands playing and shopping fairs along the banks. I always get great deals there. Of course, market square is a must see because there are great restaurants and theaters. The must visit place is the Edge Ice Center. They have hockey, ice skating and during the summer I like to swim there. Overall, this is a great place to live that has a fairly low cost of living. Since I moved to Owensboro I have really loved this city.