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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Paducah is a town in Kentucky with a population of 24,879. Paducah is in McCracken County and is one of the best places to live in Kentucky. Living in Paducah offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Paducah there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Paducah and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Paducah are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$117,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$651
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Paducah Rankings

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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
    128.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    92.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    443
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,570.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    241.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Paducah

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,419
National
$55,322
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Paducah is an upcoming small town with a variety of restaurants to choose from. The schools are filled with extracurricular activities and the graduation rate is 81%. I play on two different athletic teams and I love them both in their different ways. Neither team is exactly top in the region but we always compete with rivaling teams in the area. The school functions like dances are set up great; they are always huge successes. Along with other school functions like prep rallies. Prep rallies at my school, McCracken County High School, are always above and beyond. However, once you know every nook and cranny of the small town it feels like there isn't much to do. Paducah does have a mall that is bigger than most small towns.
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Paducah is an awesome city with pretty views of the river. The downtown area has lots of nice restaurants and is clean. The town has done an amazing job preserving the historic buildings. New road construction has made getting on the interstate easier. We have a fantastic high school with many opportunities, such as internships and many art classes. However, Paducah is lacking stores in the mall area. I wish there were more stores there to shop rather than having to go online to order products. I also wish that there were healthier restaurants because there are a lot of fast-food restaurants. I think that the more restaurants with healthier options made with natural ingredients will benefit Paducah.
Paducah, KY the river city is diverse with people from all walks of life, many activities for everyone of any interest. Up and coming area with more to do, places to eat, green trails, animal events. Plenty of places to work, worship, and enjoy life. An easy drive from my hometown about an hour away. My family often finds ourselves in Paducah to eat, shop, and explore.