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%

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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 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.
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I wish there were better job opportunities for decent paying jobs. The cost of living isn't bad compared to the amount of money you can earn on minimum wage. Down town is really nice and the streets are old fashioned brick. There are several events that go on downtown on the Ohio River, but now they charge for parking. The eatery scene is okay. Owensboro is famous for their BBQ at award winning places like Moonlight and Old Hickory. The majority of the restaurants are divided on 2 sides of town, Frederica Street and Highway 54.
Owensboro is a small town in Kentucky that is ful of life. There are so many parts of town where everyone knows everyone and then there are parts of town that are so diverse. In Owensboro, we are big on our grains, agriculture, and small buisnesses. We love shopping local here. We have wonderful schools, including elementary, middle, highschool, as well as college. Owensboro has a low crime rate and is fairly reasonable place to live. The best part about Owensboro is all major cities are just about the same amount of distance apart. Here, we care about keeping the environment friendly and we have beautiful neighborhoods. Owensboro is a great place to live and I highly reccomend it, even if it is just a visit to our popular Smothers Park downtown on the riverfront.