The 10 Worst Louisville Suburbs For 2022


We used science and data to determine which Louisville suburbs are the real pits.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Louisville.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Louisville 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Louisville area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Louisville proper, although Hurstbourne certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Louisville are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 35 biggest suburbs of Louisville to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Kentucky lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Louisville in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Louisville for 2022:

  1. Louisville
  2. Louisville
  3. Louisville
  4. Louisville
  5. Lebanon Junction
  6. West Buechel
  7. Radcliff
  8. Shively
  9. Corydon
  10. Brandenburg

What's the worst suburb of Louisville? Louisville ranks as the worst suburb of Louisville for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in Kentucky check out the best places in Kentucky overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Louisville too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Louisville Suburbs To Live For 2022

We'll get the ball rolling with Louisville, the absolute worst place to live around Louisville according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Louisville beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Louisville area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Louisville.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,063
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,875 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $100,500 (4th lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

Louisville, KY

Welcome to Louisville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 2.3 miles to Louisville. Income levels here are the lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $31,875 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,063
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,875 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $100,500 (4th lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

Louisville, KY

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Louisville suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Louisville on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Louisville suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,063
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,875 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $100,500 (4th lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

Louisville, KY

If you live in Louisville, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the lowest Louisville suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Louisville. Remember, we looked at 35 cities for this study.

Louisville is about 4.3 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,063
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,875 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $100,500 (4th lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

Louisville, KY

Lebanon Junction has the distinction of being a Louisville suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Lebanon Junction has the 6th lowest home values in the metro Louisville area, where the median price is $110,100. To put that into perspective, in Hurstbourne, the median income is $188,906, which is the best in the area.

Lebanon Junction has an unemployment rate of 13.08% which ranks worst.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,276
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $44,812 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.1% (highest)
Median Home Value: $110,100 (6th lowest)
More on Lebanon Junction:  Data

West Buechel has 2,046 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 12.12121212121212%.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,046
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,643 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $96,700 (lowest)
More on West Buechel:  Data

Ah, Radcliff. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Louisville.

It's the place with the 2nd most out of work residents in the Louisville metro area (9.17%).

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,796
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $45,463 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $131,200 (10th lowest)
More on Radcliff:  Data | Photos

Radcliff, KY

Shively is a city about 6.0 miles from Louisville, but Louisville probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Shively has the 19th most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 6th highest unemployment rate (7.35%) in the entire Louisville metro area.

Homes only cost $109,300 for a reason. That's cheap for Louisville standards.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,723
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $41,455 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $109,300 (5th lowest)
More on Shively:  Data | Photos

Shively, KY

If you absolutely have to live near Louisville, then Corydon might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Louisville suburb.

About 5.24% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,154
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $41,755 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $98,900 (2nd lowest)
More on Corydon:  Data

Corydon, IN

Source: Public domain

Rounding out the ten worst Louisville suburbs to call home is Brandenburg.

Located 29.9 miles outside the city, Brandenburgs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 8th highest unemployment rate (5.82%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,874
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $48,952 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $161,500 (15th lowest)
More on Brandenburg:  Data | Photos

Brandenburg, KY

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Louisville for 2022

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2016-2020, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Louisville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 35 suburbs to evaluate around Louisville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 35 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Louisville." We're lookin' at you, Louisville. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The areas around Louisville where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Louisville with Louisville casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Louisville aren't all bad. Hurstbourne takes the cake as the best place to live around Louisville.

  • Hurstbourne
  • Indian Hills
  • Anchorage

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Detailed List Of The Worst Louisville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Louisville 6,063 $31,875 $100,500
2 Louisville 6,063 $31,875 $100,500
3 Louisville 6,063 $31,875 $100,500
4 Louisville 6,063 $31,875 $100,500
5 Lebanon Junction 2,276 $44,812 $110,100
6 West Buechel 2,046 $44,643 $96,700
7 Radcliff 22,796 $45,463 $131,200
8 Shively 15,723 $41,455 $109,300
9 Corydon 3,154 $41,755 $98,900
10 Brandenburg 2,874 $48,952 $161,500
11 Clarksville 21,825 $46,931 $128,600
12 Charlestown 8,290 $53,054 $133,300
13 New Albany 36,730 $49,415 $128,700
14 Shepherdsville 13,757 $64,798 $155,000
15 Shelbyville 16,244 $65,986 $187,800
16 Jeffersonville 47,932 $56,667 $145,500
17 Hillview 9,066 $56,523 $126,100
18 Crestwood 5,034 $98,345 $276,500
19 Sellersburg 9,320 $63,343 $155,800
20 La Grange 8,938 $69,655 $181,900
21 Georgetown 34,362 $66,972 $176,300
22 Mount Washington 14,699 $74,817 $181,500
23 Lyndon 11,451 $58,538 $215,500
24 Middletown 7,885 $75,207 $235,300
25 Jeffersontown 27,933 $70,951 $186,600
26 Simpsonville 2,868 $84,250 $195,400
27 Graymoor-Devondale 3,095 $72,569 $254,800
28 St. Matthews 18,022 $67,105 $256,100
29 Prospect 4,961 $152,973 $391,600
30 Douglass Hills 5,713 $77,321 $269,000
31 Orchard Grass Hills 2,120 $88,333 $212,300
32 Windy Hills 2,290 $103,920 $280,800
33 Anchorage 2,357 $188,906 $698,500
34 Indian Hills 3,011 $158,958 $581,200
35 Hurstbourne 4,402 $107,455 $427,600

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Editor's Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don't freak out we updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Louisville.

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.