These Are The 10 Worst Louisville Suburbs


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

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Louisville conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.

But 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 Prospect certainly tries.

We examined the 27 biggest suburbs of Louisville to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Kentucky, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Louisville in terms of quality of life:

  1. Brooks
  2. Hillview
  3. Shepherdsville
  4. New Albany, IN
  5. Charlestown, IN
  6. Clarksville
  7. Jeffersonville
  8. La Grange
  9. Shively
  10. Sellersburg, IN

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.

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How we determined the worst Louisville ‘burbs

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 Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Low unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High number of high school drop outs

Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Louisville for each of these criteria from worst to best.

The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Louisville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Louisville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 27 suburbs ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.

1. Brooks

Brooks, KY

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,964
Median Income: $40,064
Median Home Value: $100,700

2. Hillview

Hillview, KY

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,785
Median Income: $46,707
Median Home Value: $109,400

3. Shepherdsville

Shepherdsville, KY

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,573
Median Income: $48,571
Median Home Value: $121,900

4. New Albany, IN

New Albany, IN

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,496
Median Income: $40,061
Median Home Value: $112,300

5. Charlestown, IN

Charlestown, IN

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,802
Median Income: $43,046
Median Home Value: $109,500

6. Clarksville

Clarksville, IN

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,579
Median Income: $41,788
Median Home Value: $112,300

7. Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville, IN

Source: Google Maps

Population: 45,869
Median Income: $51,706
Median Home Value: $125,400

8. La Grange

La Grange, KY

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,283
Median Income: $53,778
Median Home Value: $159,400

9. Shively

Shively, KY

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,450
Median Income: $34,826
Median Home Value: $101,000

10. Sellersburg, IN

sellersburg, KY

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,004
Median Income: $62,826
Median Home Value: $149,000

The areas around Louisville that you probably don’t want to live in

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Louisville with Brooks landing ahead of the pack.

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

For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Louisville Suburbs

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Brooks 1 2,964 $40,064 $100,700
Hillview 2 7,785 $46,707 $109,400
Shepherdsville 3 11,573 $48,571 $121,900
New Albany 4 36,496 $40,061 $112,300
Charlestown 5 7,802 $43,046 $109,500
Clarksville 7 21,579 $41,788 $112,300
Jeffersonville 8 45,869 $51,706 $125,400
La Grange 9 8,283 $53,778 $159,400
Shively 10 15,450 $34,826 $101,000
Sellersburg 11 8,004 $63,910 $149,900
Mount Washington 12 11,956 $62,799 $153,200
Jeffersontown 13 26,862 $60,251 $162,300
Georg 14 3,036 $69,125 $158,800
Crestwood 15 4,640 $80,240 $225,700
Lyndon 16 11,167 $50,516 $168,000
Middletown 17 7,333 $56,503 $180,600
Pioneer Village 18 2,740 $53,750 $149,200
St. Matthews 19 17,686 $53,905 $189,900
Anchorage 20 2,154 $165,000 $589,300
Douglass Hills 21 5,566 $61,604 $221,900
Hurstbourne 22 4,280 $100,288 $352,900
Graymoor-Devondale 23 2,902 $72,625 $213,900
Buckner 24 5,539 $117,061 $328,900
Indian Hills 25 2,904 $145,250 $441,800
Windy Hills 26 2,331 $81,855 $233,200
Prospect 27 4,774 $118,375 $374,400

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