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Kentucky : What you need to know

Known for its horse farms, bourbon distilleries and one of the best college basketball programs in the country, Kentucky provides residents with abundant natural resources and refined culture. Many outdoor lovers consider moving to Kentucky after visiting attractions like Mammoth Cave National Park, Red River Gorge and Lake Cumberland. Cities in Kentucky celebrate the state’s rich history and agricultural ties. Lexington, Danville and Louisville are among the best places to live in Kentucky. 

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Quick Facts about KY

Population 4,397,353
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $43,740
Median Home Price $123,200
Median Property Tax $1,112
Median Rent $67

Employment Rate in KY

  Employed 95.2%
  Unemployed 4.8%

Race in KY

  Ethnicity White 87.6%
  Ethnicity Black 7.9%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.3%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 3.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.2%
  Ethnicity Other 0.9%

Employment Rate in KY

  Employed 95.2%
  Unemployed 4.8%

Educational Levels in KY

  Bachelor's Degree 13.1%
  Associate's Degree 7.5%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.2%
  High School Graduate 33.6%
  Some College, No Degree 20.8%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 22.3%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 84.2%

Industry in KY

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 2.7%
Construction 5.9%
Manufacturing 14%
Wholesale Trade 2.5%
Retail Trade 11.9%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.9%
Information 1.6%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.4%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 7.8%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 24.2%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.7%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.7%
Public Administration 4.5%

Housing in KY

  Homes Rent 67.2%
  Homes Owned 32.8%

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Best places to Live in Kentucky

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Louisville 608,732 $140,700 $45,762
Lexington 308,306 $168,100 $49,778
Bowling Green 61,617 $141,300 $35,604
Owensboro 58,350 $104,100 $37,279
Covington 40,845 $97,700 $35,664
Richmond 32,574 $135,400 $30,621
Hopkinsville 32,483 $114,300 $34,614
Florence 31,428 $136,500 $52,053
Georgetown 30,968 $150,300 $59,661
Elizabethtown 29,657 $156,000 $44,568
Henderson 28,889 $98,900 $34,879
Nicholasville 28,843 $138,700 $45,026
Frankfort 27,535 $128,400 $41,401
Jeffersontown 26,953 $162,700 $61,069
Independence 26,062 $157,900 $65,653
Paducah 25,001 $100,200 $33,608
Radcliff 22,913 $118,500 $45,464
Ashland 21,391 $95,400 $39,208
Madisonville 19,687 $99,400 $41,038
Murray 18,515 $131,000 $26,005