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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Louisville is a city in Kentucky with a population of 615,478. Louisville is in Jefferson County. Living in Louisville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Louisville there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Louisville and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Louisville...
Population
615,478

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$146,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$779
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Louisville Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    411.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    193.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    821.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,736
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    564.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Louisville

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,439
National
$55,322
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As a high school student living in the suburbs, my experience living Louisville is very different than, for example, a 20-something in the Highlands. However, your experience would be different no matter what depending on where you live in the city. Louisville is a very active and diverse community perfect for anyone. The large metro population makes for a great city feel while not being overwhelmingly populated or full of traffic like NYC or LA. Local restaurants and shops are great, as well as city events like Thunder Over Louisville, Kentucky Oaks & Derby, Forecastle Festival, the Kentucky State Fair, and Waterfront Wednesdays. In fact, the Kentucky Derby alone is enough to convince someone to move here in my opinion. It's not as big of a city as Nashville or Cincinnati, but that doesn't mean Louisville feels like a small town compared to them, either. Overall, Louisville is a great place to live and work!
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It's a city filled with everything. Something about Louisville that is so cool is how many different areas there are and each area has different vibes. I really wish there were less areas full of commercial restaurants and stores, I like unique boutiques and restaurants that you can't find everywhere else and I think Louisville needs more of it. I also think that the public schools have gone really downhill and the city itself needs work. Things like cleaning up the roads and fixing the school system need to be done. I love it around Derby time because everyone is in the spirit and people really embrace their city. Like I said, it's full of cool and edgy areas but there is also a lot that could be done to make the city thrive even more and in the recent years, as someone who has grown up here, I have seen the effort that is being made to upcycle some areas and make them a very popular spot. I love Louisville and as always go Cards!
I have lived in Louisville my entire life. Ever since I began middle school, my family has moved every three to four years. I have lived in St.Mathews, Breckinridge, Bardstown, Newburg, and Downtown. There is plenty to do always for all age groups. You can get anywhere on the expressway and everything is reasonably distanced away from each other. The public school system is not great at all. you definitely have to do your research. There are tons of Catholics in Louisville along with Catholic schools. I recommend looking into them. Don't be afraid of downtown! People will warn you about it, but crime happens everywhere. There is lots of fun stuff to do in Downtown and Old Louisville.