The 10 Dumbest Places In Kentucky For 2023

The dumbest places in Kentucky are Middlesborough and Monticello for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that some places in the Bluegrass State have a larger percent of their population that never graduated from high school.

While the emphasis on going to college might be overblown, the fact is that not graduating from high school puts you at a significant disadvantage on average. Educational attainment might not be the best way to measure one person’s intelligence, but it does shine a light on the state.

We will use Saturday Night Science to determine what places in Kentucky have the highest percentage of adults without a high school degree.

A recent study we published found that Kentucky is actually the 33rd smartest state in the United States, with an average IQ of 98.

But that doesn’t mean that a few cities in Kentucky are a bit slower than others due to a lack of basic education.

After crunching the numbers, we ranked the ten dumbest cities in the Bluegrass State.

Don’t freak out.

Some places are just smarter than others, but that says nothing about the character of the people living there. It’s another data point a real estate agent would never tell you.

For this ranking, we only looked at cities with populations greater than 5,000, leaving us 77 cities in Kentucky to rank. You can take a look at the data below.

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Dumbest Places In Kentucky For 2023

Middlesborough, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 9,493
% Adult High School Dropout: 23.0%
% Highly Educated: 9.0%
More on Middlesborough:  Cost Of Living

Monticello, KY

Source: Wikipedia User W.marsh | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 5,782
% Adult High School Dropout: 24.0%
% Highly Educated: 14.0%
More on Monticello:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Overall SnackAbility

Population: 8,638
% Adult High School Dropout: 15.0%
% Highly Educated: 9.0%
More on Hillview:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Cynthiana, KY

Source: Wikipedia User Ed!(talk)(Hall of Fame) | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,291
% Adult High School Dropout: 17.0%
% Highly Educated: 14.0%
More on Cynthiana:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Leitchfield, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,427
% Adult High School Dropout: 15.0%
% Highly Educated: 11.0%
More on Leitchfield:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Somerset, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 11,696
% Adult High School Dropout: 20.0%
% Highly Educated: 18.0%
More on Somerset:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lebanon, KY

Source: Wikipedia User W.marsh | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,165
% Adult High School Dropout: 14.0%
% Highly Educated: 13.0%
More on Lebanon:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Hopkinsville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 30,771
% Adult High School Dropout: 16.0%
% Highly Educated: 18.0%
More on Hopkinsville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Franklin, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 9,885
% Adult High School Dropout: 13.0%
% Highly Educated: 13.0%
More on Franklin:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Shively, KY

Source: Wikipedia User | CC-BY-2.5
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 15,638
% Adult High School Dropout: 13.0%
% Highly Educated: 13.0%
More on Shively:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we determined the dumbest cities in the Bluegrass State

We realize that formal education is only part of it when it comes to being intelligent, but on the other hand, knowing the difference between they’re, their, and there is always going to make you look pretty stupid.

So, we narrowed down our criteria to focus on a city’s educational opportunities and what percentage of the population takes advantage of those opportunities.

In short, we came up with these criteria to determine the dumbest cities in Kentucky:

  • % of the city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of city’s population with a college degree (Age 25+)

We got the data from the U.S. Census 2017-2021 American Community Survey.

Then, our algorithm generates a rank for each place in these categories. After crunching all the numbers, a ranking of the cities in Kentucky from dumbest to brightest.

For this ranking, we used every Kentucky city with at least 5,000 residents. We updated this article for 2023, and it’s our tenth time ranking the dumbest cities in Kentucky.

There You Have It – Now That You’re Asleep

If you’re measuring the locations in Kentucky where there are a high number of dropouts and adults who never received a formal education, this is an accurate ranking.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the smartest places in Kentucky, according to science:

  1. Union
  2. St. Matthews
  3. Edgewood

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Dumbest Cities In Kentucky For 2023

Rank City Population
1 Middlesborough, KY 9,493
2 Monticello, KY 5,782
3 Hillview, KY 8,638
4 Cynthiana, KY 6,291
5 Leitchfield, KY 6,427
6 Somerset, KY 11,696
7 Lebanon, KY 6,165
8 Hopkinsville, KY 30,771
9 Franklin, KY 9,885
10 Shively, KY 15,638
11 Harrodsburg, KY 8,952
12 Princeton, KY 6,206
13 Hazard, KY 5,236
14 Henderson, KY 28,201
15 Maysville, KY 8,851
16 Oak Grove, KY 7,699
17 Shepherdsville, KY 13,918
18 Williamsburg, KY 5,272
19 Winchester, KY 18,993
20 Paris, KY 10,202
21 Radcliff, KY 22,839
22 London, KY 7,492
23 Campbellsville, KY 11,345
24 Mayfield, KY 10,041
25 Russellville, KY 7,068
26 Lawrenceburg, KY 11,675
27 Glasgow, KY 14,922
28 Shelbyville, KY 16,932
29 Flatwoods, KY 7,314
30 Elsmere, KY 9,080
31 Nicholasville, KY 31,066
32 Mount Sterling, KY 7,517
33 Covington, KY 40,930
34 Berea, KY 15,465
35 Pikeville, KY 7,376
36 Bowling Green, KY 71,422
37 Ashland, KY 21,695
38 Newport, KY 14,378
39 Madisonville, KY 19,533
40 Danville, KY 17,164
41 Owensboro, KY 59,839
42 Mount Washington, KY 17,723
43 Frankfort, KY 28,479
44 Bardstown, KY 13,425
45 Richmond, KY 34,662
46 Dayton, KY 5,641
47 Corbin, KY 8,397
48 Florence, KY 31,699
49 Versailles, KY 10,196
50 Walton, KY 5,333
51 Taylor Mill, KY 6,834
52 Morehead, KY 6,994
53 Paducah, KY 26,248
54 Elizabethtown, KY 31,066
55 Vine Grove, KY 6,397
56 La Grange, KY 9,901
57 Georgetown, KY 36,281
58 Alexandria, KY 10,125
59 Murray, KY 17,241
60 Erlanger, KY 19,506
61 Independence, KY 28,256
62 Highland Heights, KY 6,896
63 Crestwood, KY 6,046
64 Lyndon, KY 11,033
65 Jeffersontown, KY 28,800
66 Wilmore, KY 6,025
67 Bellevue, KY 5,578
68 Cold Spring, KY 6,208
69 Douglass Hills, KY 5,480
70 Fort Wright, KY 5,845
71 Fort Thomas, KY 17,241
72 Middletown, KY 9,473
73 Villa Hills, KY 7,331
74 Fort Mitchell, KY 8,618
75 Edgewood, KY 8,427
76 St. Matthews, KY 17,588
77 Union, KY 7,227
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

12 thoughts on “The 10 Dumbest Places In Kentucky For 2023

  1. I live in Beaver Dam, Kentucky and I am very proud to live here. You have wrote an article to belittle and make fun of people, and of course you choose Kentucky as your state. The data that you mentioned may be out there and may even be true, but at least the people that live in this town are kind hearted and good natured, and better people than you ever dreamt of being. Have a nice day and think before you type next time!

  2. The only thing dumb in this is to think that a High School Diploma is a sign of intellegence, it’s not, it’s a sign you can conform to what society (ie the state) wants from you and not what you want for your self. I earn twice the national average and have an IQ of 134, may not be Mensa but certianly not dumb

  3. I used to live there. In fact grew up there. I don’t visit anymore because everytime I did I lost IQ points. I’m just saying……

  4. Using dropout rates and/or GEDs as a base? Ha! Worst state to do that with! I know many people throughout the state. That add to your “dumb” credentials that could shame a college student. This is why statistics fail; they don’t get the true idea. True, our state’s education isn’t the best and from what it seems, in some places at least, it has gotten worse since the 90s. I am glad to say that i stuck out through school and have my diploma. It doesn’t mean much to be honest, but I have it.

  5. Toss out your Herrnstein and Murray and pick up a copy of Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man.

  6. As former Superintendent of Public Education in Kentucky I would like to say that I found your survey interesting, however the most important question was not included in your intelligence determining criteria.

  7. Propaganda goes into determining what kids are supposed to learn and not learn in public schools. Liberal arts classes are garbage as far as providing worthwhile information to minds. Very few high school graduates can balance a checkbook, know who really funds a bank loan, know that cancer cells can’t survive if the cells inside the body are in an alkaline environment, or know the fact that the District of Columbia is a foreign territory. Accounting, economics, history, science, and political science classes are filled with speculative and false information. Students are not taught to question anything. The ultimate goal is to dumb down future generations.

    A BA college degree was as waste of valuable time and effort for me. Getting a job today is all about what your last name is or who you are.

  8. Many of your populations are off. Also think about this statement at the beginning of your article… “In fact, a recent Washington Post study found it to be a little smarter than Indiana, but a little smarter than Oklahoma”. Ironic that you’re calling other people dumb.

  9. You didn’t even use a picture for beaver dam. That’s not even in beaver dam. Snd you’re calling others stupid? GTFOH!

    1. KY is all bad. They only hire their kin people to work. The roads are terrible, thieves run rampant, you can’t find a good lawyer when you need one that wont rip you off. Do your homework if you want to move hear.

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