Explore Neighborhoods in Glasgow, KY

By Jessica Mozo on October 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm EST
Downtown Glasgow, KY

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener

It came as no surprise to Glasgow and Barren County citizens when the county was named Best Place to Live in Rural America by The Progressive Farmer magazine in 2007. While people across the nation were just discovering Barren County’s high quality of life, excellent health care, outstanding schools and low crime rate, residents were already enjoying all it offers.

A hospitable county steeped in agricultural tradition, Barren County has been No. 1 in Kentucky for beef and dairy cattle, and is one of the state’s top producers of milk, burley tobacco and hay. Beautiful rolling farmland makes it a scenic place to live, with patches of dogwood and redbud trees that bloom in spring and turn to golds and reds in the fall.

The median price of a home or condo in Barren County was $110,341 in 2008, compared with the statewide median of $118,400. Affordable land and reasonable home prices attract newcomers who want more for their money, and there are a wide variety of homes available, from townhouses and single-family homes to grand, historic homes. To make it even more appealing, Barren County’s cost of living is 20 percent below the U.S. average.

Glasgow, KY

The county seat of Barren County, Glasgow has a population of about 14,200 and was established in 1799. A cozy town with friendly people and amenities that rival bigger cities, parents continually rave that Glasgow is a terrific place to raise a family.

It is well-known for cultural activities, such as the annual Scottish Highland Games. Rent is fairly cheap and tends to be less expensive than nearby Bowling Green. Barren River Lake State Resort Park provides ample recreation opportunities year round, as do a myriad of other parks.

The estimated median home or condo value in Glasgow was $114,149 in 2008.

Cave City, KY

Cave City’s economy is fueled primarily by agriculture and tourism, thanks to nearby Mammoth Cave National Park. It offers several motels and restaurants and a small convention center, where church groups and other organizations meet. It has some unusual attractions of its own, including the Wigwam Village motel.

Cave City’s population hovers around 2,000.

Park City, KY

Known as the gateway to Mammoth Cave National Park, Park City has a population of 545. It is also home to Diamond Caverns, a privately owned cave attraction, and the historic 1865 Bell’s Tavern, which offered lodging and dining to early travelers to the region. It is open to the public free of charge.

Eighty Eight, KY; Hiseville, KY; and Lecta, KY

Eighty Eight, Hiseville and Lecta are unincorporated communities in Barren County.

Eighty Eight has a population of about 100 and is located 10 miles east of Glasgow. Legend has it Eighty Eight got its name from the community’s first postmaster, who named the town after finding 88 cents in his pocket in 1860. The town’s historic general store was restored in 2005, and its historic post office is open to the public.

Hiseville has some 224 residents. Lecta population figures are unavailable.

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