These Are The 10 Best Louisville/Jefferson County Suburbs

We analyzed over 25 places around Louisville/Jefferson County to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Louisville/Jefferson County are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Louisville/Jefferson County:

  1. Windy Hills
  2. Indian Hills
  3. Graymoor-Devondale
  4. Prospect
  5. Hurstbourne
  6. Douglass Hills
  7. Anchorage
  8. St. Matthews (Photos)
  9. Lyndon (Photos)
  10. Pioneer Village

If you happen to be a resident of Windy Hills, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Louisville/Jefferson County ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Louisville/Jefferson County

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Louisville/Jefferson County was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky–In Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 25 suburbs to evaluate around Louisville/Jefferson County.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 25 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Louisville/Jefferson County.” We’re lookin’ at you, Windy Hills.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Windy Hills

Population 2014: 2,331
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $233,200
Median Income: $81,855

2. Indian Hills

Population 2014: 2,904
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $441,800
Median Income: $145,250

3. Graymoor-Devondale

Population 2014: 2,902
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $213,900
Median Income: $72,625

4. Prospect

Population 2014: 4,774
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $374,400
Median Income: $118,375

5. Hurstbourne

Hurstbourne, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,280
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $352,900
Median Income: $100,288

6. Douglass Hills

Population 2014: 5,566
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $221,900
Median Income: $61,604

7. Anchorage

Anchorage, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,154
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $589,300
Median Income: $165,000

8. St. Matthews

St. Matthews, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,686
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $189,900
Median Income: $53,905

9. Lyndon

Lyndon, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,167
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $168,000
Median Income: $50,516

10. Pioneer Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,740
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $149,200
Median Income: $53,750

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Louisville/Jefferson County, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Louisville/Jefferson County

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Windy Hills 1 2,331 4.1% $233,200 $81,855
Indian Hills 2 2,904 4.2% $441,800 $145,250
Graymoor-Devondale 3 2,902 5.0% $213,900 $72,625
Prospect 4 4,774 4.0% $374,400 $118,375
Hurstbourne 5 4,280 6.3% $352,900 $100,288
Douglass Hills 6 5,566 5.8% $221,900 $61,604
Anchorage 7 2,154 4.5% $589,300 $165,000
St. Matthews 8 17,686 4.8% $189,900 $53,905
Lyndon 9 11,167 5.1% $168,000 $50,516
Pioneer Village 10 2,740 5.1% $149,200 $53,750
Middletown 11 7,333 4.6% $180,600 $56,503
Crestwood 12 4,640 3.7% $225,700 $80,240
Georg 13 3,036 5.5% $158,800 $69,125
Jeffersontown 14 26,862 6.9% $162,300 $60,251
Mount Washington 15 11,956 8.2% $153,200 $62,799
Sellersburg 16 8,004 7.0% $149,900 $63,910
Shively 17 15,450 8.8% $101,000 $34,826
La Grange 18 8,283 8.9% $159,400 $53,778
Jeffersonville 19 45,869 8.8% $125,400 $51,706
Clarksville 20 21,579 6.9% $112,300 $41,788
Louisville 21 605,762 10.2% $140,400 $44,806
Charlestown 22 7,802 10.3% $109,500 $43,046
New Albany 23 36,496 10.7% $112,300 $40,061
Shepherdsville 24 11,573 8.8% $121,900 $48,571
Hillview 25 7,785 11.2% $109,400 $46,707

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