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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$657
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%

Owensboro Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    88
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    65
    41
  • Robbery
    83
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    819
    500
  • Theft
    3,263
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    396
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,719
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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Owensboro is ranked in the top 10 place for the next generation to live, it is safe, job heavy, and family friendly. Smothers Park was ranked in the top 10 of parks around the world. It provides many activities like the BBQ Festival and OMG! Con. Owensboro provides public and private education, making the perfect small town feeling in a big town atmosphere.
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Owensboro is a great place to start a family! There are many great neighborhoods that are safe and within walking distance to parks and schools. Speaking of parks Owensboro has multiple parks with with all types of accessibility for any one in the family, even the four legged type. If you want to get out and move there are plenty of opportunities! One thing Owensboro could benefit from would be more healthy eating establishments we are a fast food capital and you can look around every major road way and see it. As far as the night life goes it is non existent which in some ways is good for the growing family, less night life less crime. For entertainment there are limited options typical movies, bowling, pool, the there is the river park center and convention center. Overall it is a pretty nice place to live, could definitely use some more diversity but overall it's a comfortable city to live in.
I will admit, there are times when living in Owensboro, Kentucky makes me feel as though I am suffocating. There are moments when I yearn for places like New York City or Los Angeles, cities that rush and dance. But, I have to admit, Owensboro provides a sense of safety and community and home. It is the place where I made so many fantastic memories and where I know so many wonderful people. My family is here. It is the place where I graduated high school and will graduate college and where I will one day begin my career and raise my children. It is where I spent my childhood, racing through the cities parks and yearly carnivals. It is where I spend my adulthood, the library that I love so much, the shops I frequent with my grandmother. It is home. That can't be replicated anywhere else.