The 10 Worst Louisville Suburbs For 2021


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

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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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Louisville.

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 33 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 2021:

  1. Louisville
  2. Louisville
  3. Louisville
  4. Louisville
  5. Brandenburg
  6. Corydon
  7. Charlestown
  8. Shively
  9. Clarksville
  10. Radcliff

What's the worst suburb of Louisville? Louisville ranks as the worst suburb of Louisville for 2021 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 2021

Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,124
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,272 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $83,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

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 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.

Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,124
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,272 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $83,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

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 $31,272 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.

Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,124
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,272 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $83,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

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.

Louisville, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,124
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $31,272 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $83,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Louisville:  Data | Photos

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 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Louisville. Remember, we looked at 33 cities for this study.

Louisville is about 4.3 miles to downtown.

Brandenburg, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,842
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $43,971 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $146,400 (12th lowest)
More on Brandenburg:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Brandenburg has the 12th lowest home values in the metro Louisville area, where the median price is $146,400. To put that into perspective, in Hurstbourne, the median income is $190,313, which is the best in the area.

Brandenburg has an unemployment rate of 9.93% which ranks worst.

Corydon, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,162
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Income: $46,982 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $140,100 (10th lowest)
More on Corydon:  Data

Corydon has 3,162 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 17.308325106943073%.

7. Charlestown

Charlestown, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,199
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $45,278 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $136,500 (8th lowest)
More on Charlestown:

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

It's the place with the 24th most out of work residents in the Louisville metro area (2.24%).

Shively, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,726
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $39,048 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $107,000 (3rd lowest)
More on Shively:  Data | Photos

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 14th most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (6.33%) in the entire Louisville metro area.

Homes only cost $107,000 for a reason. That's cheap for Louisville standards.

9. Clarksville

Clarksville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,548
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $45,440 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $119,300 (4th lowest)
More on Clarksville:

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

About 3.76% of residents are out of work.

Radcliff, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,639
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $46,105 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $129,100 (7th lowest)
More on Radcliff:  Data | Photos

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

Located 29.7 miles outside the city, Radcliffs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 4th highest unemployment rate (9.04%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Louisville for 2021

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 2015-2019, 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 33 suburbs to evaluate around Louisville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 33 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.

The areas around Louisville where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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
  • Prospect

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Detailed List Of The Worst Louisville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Louisville 6,124 $31,272 $83,500
2 Louisville 6,124 $31,272 $83,500
3 Louisville 6,124 $31,272 $83,500
4 Louisville 6,124 $31,272 $83,500
5 Brandenburg 2,842 $43,971 $146,400
6 Corydon 3,162 $46,982 $140,100
7 Charlestown 8,199 $45,278 $136,500
8 Shively 15,726 $39,048 $107,000
9 Clarksville 21,548 $45,440 $119,300
10 Radcliff 22,639 $46,105 $129,100
11 Shelbyville 16,009 $61,269 $178,600
12 New Albany 36,647 $48,734 $122,800
13 Jeffersonville 47,673 $56,223 $136,900
14 La Grange 8,854 $59,928 $169,400
15 Shepherdsville 12,218 $52,448 $144,200
16 Sellersburg 9,066 $62,618 $154,300
17 Crestwood 4,973 $104,457 $277,400
18 Georgetown 33,605 $65,812 $170,000
19 Lyndon 11,431 $57,472 $191,300
20 Hillview 9,071 $62,654 $127,200
21 Simpsonville 2,815 $84,531 $183,900
22 Mount Washington 14,567 $69,214 $170,400
23 Jeffersontown 28,035 $68,803 $181,500
24 Middletown 7,891 $75,098 $215,100
25 Hurstbourne Acres 2,027 $63,240 $201,400
26 St. Matthews 18,161 $62,152 $235,000
27 Graymoor-Devondale 2,943 $76,493 $248,000
28 Windy Hills 2,433 $95,588 $271,500
29 Anchorage 2,376 $187,946 $715,000
30 Douglass Hills 5,710 $74,485 $256,300
31 Prospect 4,896 $145,511 $388,300
32 Indian Hills 2,961 $190,313 $529,000
33 Hurstbourne 4,394 $123,521 $421,000

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