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    B
  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
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    A-
Louisville is a city in Kentucky with a population of 611,573. Louisville is in Jefferson County and is one of the best places to live in Kentucky. Living in Louisville offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Louisville there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Louisville and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Louisville are above average.
About Louisville...
Population
611,573

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$143,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$748
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    412
    283
  • Murder
    16
    6
  • Rape
    26
    41
  • Robbery
    194
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    822
    500
  • Theft
    2,736
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    565
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,881
National
$55,322
Children
19%
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
    12%
    13%

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Louisville is an amazing city to live in. While the pollen levels are sure to mess with your nose -- the city is beautiful and there are plenty activities for people of all ages. Along with the beautiful buildings down-town, you also can drive along Eastern and Southern Parkway for a view of houses around 150 years old that are still striving -- along with the residents that have passed down those houses for years. Not only is Louisville a great place to live, but even just for a visit. With new hotels being built down-town for star quality. Why star quality you ask? Because of the beautiful Kentucky Derby! The annual Run For The Roses attracts people from all over the world! Who wouldn't want to be in Louisville, Kentucky?
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I love the city of Louisville! It gives you the feel of a bigger city like Cincinnati or Nashville, but with the influence of local commerce and hometown feel depending on the area. Louisville is a large city and has plenty of proud citizens within its area because of events such as "the fastest 2-minutes in sports" the Kentucky Derby to Louisville growing food scene. There is something in Louisville for everyone for all ages. It's a very diverse city with plenty more to come.
I lived there in 2004-05, but have returned frequently since, since I grew up in the area and still have relatives around (though I am coming back much less!) I have also lived throughout the US and abroad.

Louisville has this strange inferiority-superiority complex. Locals will rub it in your face about how much better Louisville is than surrounding large cities, and yet bitch and moan about how those aforementioned cities (namely Cincinnati) have more amenities.

This is endemic to many Heartland cities, but the job market is abysmal. No matter the industry, the pay is rubbish. Go to Nashville where pay is higher, cost of living is less, and there is no state income tax.

Locals won't be friendly to you. It goes beyond being cliquish, asking you "which high school did you go to?" It's HARD to make friends there, and when you do, you'll likely lose touch with them the moment they learn you're leaving the area. Even Angelenos are warmer and friendlier. Says a lot!

Ugh!