These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Kentucky For 2019

We used science and data to determine which places in the Bluegrass State 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Kentucky.

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There is nothing like Kentucky.

Songs, movies and pop culture in general have talked about Kentucky forever now. It’s got a lot of history, beauty, culture and some of the gosh darn friendliest sports fanatics in the country. If you grew up there, you’ll most likely never leave.

But is it all good in the Bluegrass State? Of course not. Just like every other state, Kentucky has its least desirable spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities are the worst you could possibly live in if you make Kentucky your home .

After analyzing 75 of the state’s most populous cities (over 5,200 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Kentucky:

  1. Mayfield (Photos)
  2. Russellville (Photos)
  3. Hazard (Photos)
  4. Maysville (Photos)
  5. Lebanon (Photos)
  6. London (Photos)
  7. Franklin (Photos)
  8. Somerset (Photos)
  9. Oak Grove (Photos)
  10. Covington (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Kentucky? That would be Mayfield.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Kentucky for 2019

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 don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 75 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 75 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Kentucky — Mayfield. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Kentucky.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

Mayfield, KY

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Population: 9,936
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $89,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.9% (1st worst)
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Mayfield is out in the middle of nowhere, in the southwestern part of the state. Here, 22.2% of the adult population lack’s even a high school degree. That makes Mayfield have the 5th highest adult drop out rate in Kentucky.

Income levels are also near the poverty line, and home prices are around $89,300 each — the 4th lowest in Kentucky.

As you can imagine, there’s not a lot of demand to live here.

Russellville, KY

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Population: 7,015
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $94,900 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (14th worst)
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The unemployment rate in Russellville is a sky high 9.3%, which is the 14th highest in the state. Ouch.

The median income in Russellville is $29,143. That means 29.1% of the population is living below the poverty line. Crime isn’t horrible here, but you have a 1 in 28.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime when you’re within city limits every year.

Review Of Russellville by HomeSnacks User

We have a lot of people that get arrested for met here and Other Drugs there’s a lot of people that are on welfare we have people that are on Medicaid and stuff and now the governor he cut a lot of programs we can’t get if your low income if your on Medicaid you can’t get vision coverage or you can Dentistry covers no more and if you’re a diabetic like I’m that’s s***s

The good thing here is there’s a lot of good Christian people here in lot of good church that’s a lot of people that care about you

Hazard, KY

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Population: 5,250
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $121,400 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.5% (4th worst)
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Hazard is one of the poorest cities in the state of Kentucky. This city has 13.5% of its residents out of work, and those who have jobs earn under $27,209 a year.

Cities can be charming, but not when they are dangerous. Hazard has the 20th highest crime rate in Kentucky. While the numbers aren’t staggering (Kentucky is a relatively safe place when you compare it to the rest of the country), it’s still undesirable when you consider that there are far safer (and more stimulating) places to make your home in the Bluegrass State.

Review Of Hazard by Jeff Spencer

I live in Hazard, or close to it anyway, and it is true. We live in the b******e of America.

Maysville, KY

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Population: 8,804
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $113,200 (27th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (19th worst)
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There’s probably not many people in Kentucky that would be surprised to see Maysville on this list. In fact, if Maysville wasn’t somewhere in the top 10, most people would start to wonder if our data was accurate.

Here are the statistics. Maysville has the 23rd worst crime rate in Kentucky. No surprises there. How dangerous is it though? There were almost 17 violent crimes in Maysville in 2019. Residents here had a 1 in 517 chance of being killed, raped or attacked. Just wow.

The home values in Maysville are the 27th cheapest in the state ($113,200), the unemployment rate is the 19th highest (8.7%), and the annual household income is 10th lowest in Kentucky, at $29,852. That’s basically at the poverty level for a family of four.

Lebanon, KY

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Population: 5,584
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $90,700 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (5th worst)
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While the median household income in Lebanon is higher than other towns on this list, causing it to be lower down on the list of “worst cities”, Lebanon still has the 5th worst unemployment rate in the state, as well as the 51st worst crime index.

Therefore, though the average Lebanon household brings in a higher income, there are fewer people working here than in other cities across the state. It doesn’t help that everyone has to be constantly worried about crime, either.

London, KY

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Population: 8,000
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $113,500 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (8th worst)
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London is another place in the Bluegrass State that has some real eye-opening numbers. The unemployment rate in London is a staggering 10.7%, but at least those who have jobs earn a modest salary ($32,551 a year). Homes are actually priced respectfully at $113,500, but still far lower than the state average.

Crime in London is bad, but not horrible.

Franklin, KY

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Population: 8,675
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $107,000 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (29th worst)
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If you live in Kentucky, you may or may not be surprised that Franklin ranked, at least on paper, as the 7th worst place to live in the state. It has the 29th highest unemployment rate in the state, and the 39th most dangerous.

Incidentally, Franklin is the 8th most densely populated city in Kentucky. Draw your own conclusions.

Somerset, KY

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Population: 11,334
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $103,500 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (10th worst)
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Somerset ranks as the 8th worst city on this list.

Somerset has the 36th highest crime rate in Kentucky, where residents have a 1 in 33.9 chance of being robbed every year. Homes are the 17th cheapest in the state ($103,500), and the uninsured rate here is far below average as well.

Oak Grove, KY

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Population: 7,426
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $101,000 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (69th worst)
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Would you believe that Oak Grove is the 5th most dangerous place in Kentucky? That’s the case, as every year, you have a 1 in 17.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime when you’re within Oak Grove city limits.

In addition, every year, you have a 1 in 218 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Oak Grove. That means raped, attacked or killed. Again, for Kentucky, that’s just unacceptable.

Beyond the crime numbers, Oak Grove’s unemployment rate is the 69th highest in Kentucky (3.3%), and homes are the 16th cheapest in the state ($101,000). Say what you want about ‘cheap living’, the fact is homes are priced on demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Oak Grove.

Covington, KY

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Population: 40,578
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $100,800 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (16th worst)
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Sure, it’s in a beautiful area, and there’s lots of culture, especially in terms of music. But, if you’re measuring desirability, it’s the 10th worst in Kentucky.

Covington residents had a 1 in 30.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Meaning lots of stolen laptops, cell phones and sports jerseys.

The unemployment rate in Covington is through the roof, as more than 9.2% of the population can’t get a job. At least their mortgages aren’t too high; at $100,800, Covington has the 15th-lowest home prices in the state of Kentucky.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Kentucky

If you’re looking at areas in Kentucky with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Mayfield ranks as the worst city to live in Kentucky for 2019.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Kentucky:

  1. Wilmore (Pop. 6,226)
  2. Edgewood (Pop. 8,688)
  3. Fort Thomas (Pop. 16,254)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Kentucky

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Mayfield 9,936 16.9% $89,300
2 Russellville 7,015 9.3% $94,900
3 Hazard 5,250 13.5% $121,400
4 Maysville 8,804 8.7% $113,200
5 Lebanon 5,584 13.2% $90,700
6 London 8,000 10.7% $113,500
7 Franklin 8,675 7.2% $107,000
8 Somerset 11,334 9.9% $103,500
9 Oak Grove 7,426 3.3% $101,000
10 Covington 40,578 9.2% $100,800
11 Leitchfield 6,826 5.6% $96,400
12 Glasgow 14,318 10.2% $110,600
13 Newport 15,219 8.8% $122,700
14 Paducah 24,879 5.9% $116,100
15 Harrodsburg 8,351 14.5% $109,400
16 Hopkinsville 31,741 9.5% $113,000
17 Winchester 18,364 8.4% $123,900
18 Versailles 9,132 4.6% $149,200
19 Shively 15,701 7.3% $99,500
20 Radcliff 22,718 10.7% $122,300
21 Bowling Green 64,302 7.2% $145,500
22 Monticello 6,120 11.1% $86,800
23 Middlesborough 9,709 9.4% $78,600
24 Paris 9,807 6.6% $118,200
25 Richmond 33,993 8.1% $144,700
26 Nicholasville 29,547 8.3% $139,700
27 Princeton 6,173 9.3% $92,200
28 Corbin 7,315 13.5% $97,400
29 Campbellsville 11,364 6.3% $91,500
30 Cynthiana 6,328 8.2% $104,100
31 Frankfort 27,453 7.1% $126,700
32 Mount Sterling 7,139 7.2% $123,200
33 Bardstown 13,034 9.2% $126,400
34 Ashland 21,035 9.5% $94,300
35 Shelbyville 15,318 3.6% $157,900
36 Berea 14,927 6.2% $134,000
37 Pikeville 7,065 5.6% $175,000
38 Shepherdsville 12,006 5.8% $129,900
39 Dayton 5,378 7.5% $96,500
40 Henderson 28,859 5.8% $109,900
41 Madisonville 19,303 7.3% $109,400
42 Murray 18,900 5.9% $151,000
43 Lyndon 11,394 5.3% $174,800
44 Morehead 7,663 4.2% $170,500
45 Owensboro 58,791 7.0% $107,900
46 Middletown 7,817 4.2% $195,300
47 La Grange 8,620 4.8% $163,400
48 Florence 31,603 6.3% $142,800
49 Elizabethtown 29,794 5.2% $168,700
50 Danville 16,657 5.3% $144,400
51 Lawrenceburg 11,087 7.3% $119,900
52 Georgetown 32,142 5.2% $153,900
53 Hillview 8,913 6.4% $115,200
54 Williamsburg 5,261 4.6% $84,800
55 Douglass Hills 5,677 2.4% $233,100
56 Union 5,751 4.5% $249,400
57 Vine Grove 5,793 6.0% $125,700
58 Bellevue 5,838 5.7% $121,000
59 St. Matthews 17,993 3.7% $215,600
60 Independence 26,772 4.9% $159,700
61 Elsmere 8,555 4.7% $108,700
62 Erlanger 18,674 4.2% $123,200
63 Mount Washington 14,285 6.5% $162,100
64 Flatwoods 7,274 6.9% $89,900
65 Alexandria 9,022 4.4% $159,800
66 Taylor Mill 6,739 3.8% $150,000
67 Cold Spring 6,283 2.0% $193,000
68 Jeffersontown 27,406 4.1% $170,600
69 Highland Heights 7,128 5.3% $119,800
70 Villa Hills 7,397 5.1% $209,100
71 Fort Mitchell 8,239 1.0% $257,300
72 Fort Wright 5,718 2.2% $192,100
73 Wilmore 6,226 3.2% $150,600
74 Edgewood 8,688 2.3% $212,500
75 Fort Thomas 16,254 4.1% $214,000

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30 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Kentucky For 2019

  1. Your study don’t not consider the lovely people in Monticello. The drugs are terrible , but the people are great.

  2. This is so wrong, you should visit these small towns before you publish anything. Talk with the folks that live in the towns and then write these opinion articles

    1. I’ve lived around barbourville for many years, it could be a great town if you could get rid of the greedy crooked people running the town and the law enforcement.
      It’s sad when you can sit and watch drug deals go down in front of the cops and ask them , aren’t you going to do anything? And there reply is, are hands are tied….

      1. Please excuse my language BUT that’s up, ESPECIALLY being done right in front of the cops. It’s gotten to be a HUGE shame how out if control it’s gotten everywhere with drugs. I know in Bourbon County it’s extremely bad, BUT yes they are trying BUT to me not hard enough. I know a several years ago they(state police & other agency) came in to do a drug bust BUT this time they DID NOT tell Paris police they were coming. And when they came in they came in HARD & HUGE, I remember that day all to well. There was this big panel truck that stopped in the middle of the street and they raised up the back door and ALL kinds of men got out that was wearing camouflage and carrying assault guns and was walking the streets and they had “THE HOOD” locked down and were stopping EVERY vehicle in and out and checking EVERYBODY ID and if the same vehicle came in or out 2 TIMES they made the vehicle park and the people had to walk, yes they were checking EVERY SINGLE PERSON’S ID and FINALLY they were able to arrest ONE of the biggest drug dealers in Bourbon County and the only reason they got him is because they DID NOT tell Paris police they were coming because EVERY time Paris police knew they were coming this one drug dealer they been after for a long time kept getting away. There was even helicopters to so yea they got him BUT do they actually think that stopped him, HELL NO he has his little people doing his dirty work. And I know for a fact because this next thing came from a reliable source but this one cop walked up to this girl one night and said “YEA YOU BEEN SMOKING CRACK, BUT WE AIN’T WORRIED ABOUT THAT” and then one time here recently Paris police along with State Police were gonna be doing a drug bust BUT A CERTAIN POLICE OFFICER told SOMEBODY who lives in an area “HEY YOU MIGHT WANT TO LET YOUR BOY KNOW WE GETTING READY TO COME IN ON 6th street and SHUT IT DOWN” now OK what the hell is wrong with that issue. Hmm let’s see “CROOKED POLICE OFFICERS” maybe I don’t know BUT it don’t sound right. BUT of course you got plenty of “RATS” here. All I know is PARIS POLICE DEPARTMENT needs to BE DOING MORE TO SHUT THIS DOWN, that includes ALL THE RATS to.
        BUT I’M SURE AIN’T NOTHING GOING TO CHANGE AROUND HERE. But it’s a shame IT’S NOT SAFE AT ALL TO RAISE CHILDREN.!!! Now is the whole town BAD? NO the whole town is not the BAD, but we most definitely have way more than our share. I believe it goes to the police department because to me they are NOT trying hard enough. But overall BOURBON COUNTY/PARIS is NOT a bad place to live, it’s just the drug problem, BUT that’s everywhere. Plus I tell how pitiful Paris Police are:::INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO THEM ABOUT DRUGS BEING SOLD AND DONE AT A CERTAIN ADDRESS BUT DID THEY DO ANYTHING?? HELL NO THEY DIDN’T…

  3. Leitchfield is my home town, it’s an amazing place to raise your kids. And “crime is 1 in 26” ?? That’s not bad at all compared to places like Louisville, where there are endless amounts of traffic, drugs, crime, poverty, and underfunded schools. You’re a close-minded simpleton.

  4. With high drug rates ,no one can get a job,if any is available do to not passing a drug test. Low pay at most job, I myself haven’t had a raise in 8 years, only 4 people at work has. If your not kin your not in there. I average 21,000 a year, and I’m on the high end of the pay scale there in Russell Spring. The on man there that he own the town, and keeps it at bay, keeping other business out. Only his is top. He even bought the drug testing company to pass only worker for him.

    1. Cadiz/Trigg county is the same thing you just described. Their are 3 prominent business owners that get decide who or what kind of business can move into county/town limiting both jobs and growth. I love the part about if you ain’t kin you ain’t in that’s Cadiz to a tee that’s the only way you get one of the better jobs in Cadiz. Wide spread opioids(painkillers) problem

  5. Maybe you should have titles your article “Hardest Economic Hits in Kentucky” or “Poverty Stricken Places”. I’ve lived in Barbourville my entire life, and frankly I couldn’t imagine a better place to live. Sure there are druggies and people without jobs, but everyone helps everyone as best they can. It’s small enough that we can help people in need. Also, I’d just like to point out that money doesn’t rule everything. People who live here and enjoy it tend to see a brighter side to life even if they arent rolling around in a big pile of money. There is more to life than that. A beautiful view everywhere you go, and a tight-knit community. What more could you want?

  6. As a resident fleming county i do souley agree that flemingsburg is most deffinately the worst town to live in there is absolutely nothingin th8s town to offer no movie theaters no walmat absolutely nothing to ofder our youth we have 1 mcdonalds 1 dairy queen pizza hut this town really does suck if it wasnt for family i would stay in this hell hold county

  7. Before you write a little nonsensical article like this, maybe you should do a little more homework. Mayfield is not in the middle of no where. It actually has two major interstates running through or close to the city: I-24 and I-69. Tyson and Remington are a few of the factories. An industrial park has recently received an offer for another business to build. The high school was rated #1 in testing for several years. The football team of the city is the current champion and has been for the past four year. The county school is also a top notch district. I just moved here and my home home was over $150, 000.Sure, there is petty crime and drugs just like everywhere else. I like this little town and really do not appreciate your skewing of census numbers from five years ago. Why don’t you do something positive with your life and write good news stories? We are a little short on writers with good purposes these days.

    1. Very well said. I can’t wait to see what Mayor Cantrell does when she catches wind of this. Mayfield is on the rise. Yes, it may never catch Paducah with its waterways and established businesses, or Murray, with the university, but it is one of the friendliest and closest knit communities, not only in the state, but in the country I’d say.

  8. It seems to me that you expect people to think that you are the “Know all and end all” in judgments on cities and locations for people to live. However you are completely wrong, because in America we have the right to live where we please and we do not need other people putting our towns down. So instead of putting someone or their city down, then I would suggest you try and help people.

  9. I was raised in Prestonsburg and your picture of downtown is about 10 years old. Yes there is a horrendous drug problem in this area but that doesn’t mean the entire city is doing it. Most of my family lived here their entire lives and we were a middle class family. My dad was a foreman for CSX for almost 36 years and now my 2 brothers work there. Certain jobs are hard to come by like any other place in the U.S. which I blame Obama because every odd number phone call I get any more is a camel riding sand nigger that can’t speak english. There are many things to do here, depending on what you call “entertainment”. So don’t put down a town until you have ALL the facts.

  10. Having grown up in Monticello KY and have parents that still live there I think that I know a little more about it than you (you’ve probably never even been there would be my guess) it’s a nice town there’s not a lot there but it is a great place. You’re a jerk in my opinion to talk smack about places you have no idea about. Drugs are in every town now unfortunately and they always bring a degree of crime with them but overall Monticello is above average as small towns go.

    1. I am so sorry Virginia to be coming at you with this, but your take on Monticello, Ky is dead wrong. This article was nice considering what I would write about the town. It is the absolute worst place on earth to live, sorry. There is absolutely nothing there to do, no places to go…unless you are a full time church person or unless you live on a houseboat on lake cumberland, then there is not one thing to do and there are no jobs that pay any amount of money, unless you want to raise and kill chickens for a job. folks, Monticello is the worst!!!!!!!!!! The people talk about you behind your back, there are so many bullies in this town, it is absolutely pathetic. Closed minded, conservative, and ignorantly stupid are most all of the residents. These are the types of people that continue to vote Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in as Senators and let’s not forget about the stupid ass Republican Governor they have. People in Kentucky still curious why the state is so poor, well it is because the rich take all the money from the poor and they continue to perpetuate this ignorance by keeping them stupid to where they don’t even realize what they have done to allow this state to be so freaking backward and uneducated. Its a really sad town and really sad place to live. I know, I lived there for 18 years until I got smart, and left it and have not looked back since.

    1. I live in olive hill, and I agree….it’s pretty shitty. But I agree that this list is fucking stupid….however, I do not agree with the racist asshole who said “sand niggers” you sir, give Kentuckians a bad name.

  11. Monticello is by far the worst place to live the cops and judges ,Cps ,lawyers are cricked as a stick and if u use or sell drugs hey no worries there they are all for that here youil get off with a slap on wrist and ofcruse give them there share oh and the roads here messed up no railes so hold on if u go off a bluff there’s a lot of things messed up in this god awful place so it’s true about Wayne co that’s no joke well it is a big joke who am I kidding.

  12. I was born & raised in Leitchfield & I think this is right now but you forgot to mention how bad the drug problem is there. It use to be a great town but over there years it just keeps getting worse. I come home to visit about once a year but am glad I moved.

  13. Shit I use to live in Covington KY and Newport KY ware my little girl was brutally raped at the age of 12 talk about hell holes hmm might wanna redo ur list her and safe city’s

  14. Nonsense. You can live almost anywhere and have a good experience. It highly depends on your way of life. If you’re just someone who moves into a city or county, sends your kids to public schools, and bar hops on weekends. You’re looking for trouble no matter where you go. I grew up in Georgetown and Cynthiana. In Cyn you’re not likely to have any problems unless you live in town. Its a shithole unless you live in the country. Georgetown has gotten infested with blacks over the years. And they are a major cause of declining property values and crime (as always). And like always, live in the country and you have no problems. Although I dare you to send your kids to public middle and high school. There are so many blacks there and they cause alot of riots. Believe me. DONT. Homeschool your children. The cumberland region is full of uneducated idiots and drugs. You would be amazed at the way adults talk and spell. Seriously. The schools in that region might as well be held in treehouses. They don’t learn anything at all there. Ky is at the bottom period.

  15. This is the biggest load of crap ever. Not everyone wants to live in a huge city. Not everyone wants their job to be right next to where they live. Not everyone cares about having vast amounts of things to do at night. I chose this way of life. What does it matter if my house is not worth as much as in a large city when I can buy another house for the same value? Leitchfield is the BEST place to live in Kentucky.

  16. I Live in Owensboro and it is one of the most fd yo cities it’s also one of the biggest cities in ky mfs stay getting.l robbed shot raped stabbed etc.. those small towns u listed are candy lands compared to Louisville or Owensboro or Lexington Paducah bowlinggreen hopkinsville Madisonville Henderson

  17. I think a new city should be added to the worst cities in Kentucky. That city is Lexington. Since I have moved here the number of shootings/death by shootings have increased. There was even a drive by shooting at the Fayette Mall. Shootings have almost become a daily reporting.
    Recently, the Fayette School Board (four people) voted in a $13.5 million dollar property tax increase which equates to a five percent increase. They came up with a ten point safety program for the schools. I have no problem with that but, a budget review wasn’t reported as being done first to see how this could be funded within the existing budget. A good part of this program is to hire more personnel, so this isn’t a one time cost. Each year this “safety program” will add to the property tax bill. But it gets worse, this same board can vote in by the end of the year another four percent property tax increase for a total of nine percent in one year, which is added to the past two years tax increase. In Kentucky, schools get funded through property tax increases plus there are taxes added on your utility bills.
    If you decide to still move here your children will go to beautifully built schools but, for some reason, even with all this money, not every child is successful.
    I went door to door to try to get a petition signed so everyone could vote on this 5 percent tax increase. The level of poverty I saw in these homes was so disheartening. I wondered if the school superintendent or the board ever go out and look at what their burdensome taxes are doing to low income/fixed income citizens. Whether he and his school board know how people are living or not they are the worst kind of “public servants”; uncaring of what their actions do to citizens.
    One other never ending tax in Kentucky is your motor vehicle. As long as you own that vehicle you pay a yearly tax. So please think twice about moving to Lexington, KY.

  18. WOW! The spelling is atrocious!!!! Every review I have read, I could barely understand what they were saying!!!! Geez, I hope I am not moving to an inbred State/City!!!! I hope that Murray Kentucky is not like these other cities mentioned here!! I am moving to the out skirts of Murray, not in town. But if I can’t carry a conversation with anyone because they can not speak properly, that is gonna be an issue!!!

  19. Well I think they have really wanted people to believe that these towns are bad well I am from Hazard Kentucky and I think that I can walk down the streets of town and not see drive by shootings and actually be safe and also I went to live in Lexington KY and I seen two drive bys and people stabbing people actually in a public resturaunt a man stabbed his Girlfriend almost killed the poor women and the two drive by shootings where the two men did not live and I believe that Lexington KY is the drug capital of drugs and here in Hazard people don’t fall over dead on streets well we have had three fall over in the street but that’s in the past year . But I can tell you this that Hazard has the most upmost respect when walking into a place of business and being served with respect. I walked into a Marathon constecutive store and only wanted to buy something to drink . So as I payed for my flavoured bottle of water the employee asked me did I want any food , free on the house . I said No thank you and he insisted so I took the plate of food with Rice and Vegetables and Walked outside took two bites of the ontray and noticed it had sticks in it and I instantly throwed it away rinsed my mouth out with my water walked back into the store the next Day and asked them why they gave me a plate of food with sticks in it and they said it was a delicacy from my Hometown . Because I am from Hazard Kentucky and this is what is spoke about our towns . So it makes me think , this is why I got treated they way I got treated as of the before the employee had asked me where I was from . So I was placed as Trash from the city I come from or just being born and raised from a town that is so horrible. So I would like if the Census people would not post about my town or any other town I would love to sue your company for my being targeted as a lonely , mean , Drug addicted, poor, piece of Trash sterotyped kind of person so thanks for your article and making me a Victim . The only thing that is bad about my hometown is that there isn’t enough jobs to idolize everyone’s free hands . So people become bored and boredom makes drug addicts . So be useful in taking Hazard KY off any list and help promote jobs in these cities if you think there so horrible . But actually to many jobs create Murder , drive by shootings, and help fund on going drug deals so less jobs create a more peaceful town without Rude and self serving people as the ones I have met in Lexington KY so Lexington KY is on the top of my list as being one of the worst places to live . You need to get your facts right . An do more research. Do your job properly instead of writing things that are not True Facts.

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