Best Cities 2010: Louisville, KY

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Best Cities 2010: Louisville, KY

Home to the Kentucky Durby, Louisville also boasts the largest Victorian neighborhood in America.

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Best Cities Overall Rank: 42

About Louisville: The Old Louisville neighborhood near downtown is the largest Victorian neighborhood in America.

Louisville is great for kids with over 15,304 acres of parkland and 9 Blue Ribbon Schools.

County: Jefferson

Population: 557,224

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Courier-Journal

Louisville blogs: Consuming Louisville 

Louisville‘s Facebook page: Follow Louisville on Facebook 

Louisville‘s Twitter page: Follow Louisville on Twitter


Education rank: 4

High School graduation rate 2008: 75%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 9

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.62

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 6

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.078

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.8

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,791


Health rank: 60

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.18

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33


Safety rank: 53

Violent Crimes, 2008: 4306

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 772.76

Sex Offenders: 982

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 176.23


Economy rank: 61

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.3        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.20

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1214.94

Median Home Sale Price: $129,000                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 5.63%            

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 26.93%      


Recreation Rank:  8

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 15,304       

Parkland per 100,000: 2746.47