These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Kentucky

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Kentucky have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Kentucky places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Cold Spring, the happiest place in Kentucky.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Bluegrass State”:

  1. Cold Spring
  2. Edgewood
  3. Union
  4. Fort Wright
  5. Oakbrook
  6. Francisville
  7. Fort Thomas
  8. Middletown
  9. Burlington
  10. Villa Hills
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Bluegrass State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 83 places in Kentucky with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 83 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Kentucky”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Kentucky ranked. Our apologies to Alexandria which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Cold Spring


Population: 6,093 People Who Own Their Home: 83.0%
Married Adults: 56.1%

2. Edgewood

Edgewood, Kentucky

Source: Http://New.Edgewoodky.Gov

Population: 8,665People Who Own Their Home: 86.6%
Married Adults: 61.3%

3. Union

Union, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,569People Who Own Their Home: 87.0%
Married Adults: 64.8%

4. Fort Wright

Fort Wright, Kentucky

Source: Http://Www.Fortwright.Com

Population: 5,726People Who Own Their Home: 63.0%
Married Adults: 54.7%

5. Oakbrook


Population: 9,091 People Who Own Their Home: 81.9%
Married Adults: 64.1%

6. Francisville


Population: 9,217 People Who Own Their Home: 83.1%
Married Adults: 71.0%

7. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,250People Who Own Their Home: 64.6%
Married Adults: 52.5%

8. Middletown

Middletown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,333People Who Own Their Home: 71.1%
Married Adults: 52.8%

9. Burlington


Population: 16,479 People Who Own Their Home: 71.1%
Married Adults: 56.8%

10. Villa Hills


Population: 7,359 People Who Own Their Home: 83.6%
Married Adults: 56.4%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Kentucky

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Cold Spring 1 6,093 83.0% 56.1%
Edgewood 2 8,665 86.6% 61.3%
Union 3 5,569 87.0% 64.8%
Fort Wright 4 5,726 63.0% 54.7%
Oakbrook 5 9,091 81.9% 64.1%
Francisville 6 9,217 83.1% 71.0%
Fort Thomas 7 16,250 64.6% 52.5%
Middletown 8 7,333 71.1% 52.8%
Burlington 9 16,479 71.1% 56.8%
Villa Hills 10 7,359 83.6% 56.4%
Alexandria 11 8,654 81.0% 61.4%
Douglass Hills 12 5,566 64.1% 56.2%
Independence 13 25,638 73.0% 57.8%
Hebron 14 5,976 77.7% 62.2%
Fort Mitchell 15 8,209 50.5% 43.0%
Taylor Mill 16 6,682 68.8% 50.4%
Vine Grove 17 5,296 71.1% 57.9%
Jeffersontown 18 26,862 59.7% 51.8%
Mount Washington 19 11,956 79.5% 53.9%
Wilmore 20 5,995 51.0% 45.0%
Buckner 21 5,539 81.1% 34.1%
Georgetown 22 30,349 59.9% 50.7%
Flatwoods 23 7,483 61.1% 55.7%
Fort Knox 24 10,240 0.6% 61.6%
Owensboro 25 58,000 51.9% 45.7%
Lawrenceburg 26 11,014 60.7% 52.5%
Madisonville 27 19,807 53.0% 46.0%
Florence 28 31,038 46.8% 47.2%
Erlanger 29 18,370 65.5% 49.6%
Bellevue 30 5,933 63.0% 50.6%
Hillview 31 7,785 71.1% 50.4%
Fort Campbell North 32 14,015 0.3% 53.2%
Shepherdsville 33 11,573 57.4% 47.2%
Pikeville 34 7,313 42.5% 43.9%
Lyndon 35 11,167 39.5% 44.9%
Elsmere 36 8,451 66.6% 43.8%
Central City 37 5,932 57.9% 44.4%
Highland Heights 38 7,152 54.3% 38.9%
Elizabethtown 39 29,464 46.0% 46.2%
Berea 40 14,209 50.1% 41.8%
Oak Grove 41 7,522 26.9% 59.6%
Henderson 42 28,840 50.7% 44.1%
Shelbyville 43 14,558 47.6% 47.5%
Ashland 44 21,551 55.0% 47.9%
Maysville 45 8,951 47.9% 45.9%
Lebanon 46 5,594 50.9% 35.8%
Danville 47 16,471 49.5% 40.3%
Corbin 48 7,051 48.1% 44.2%
Radcliff 49 22,939 40.8% 51.3%
La Grange 50 8,283 59.1% 49.0%
Louisville 51 605,762 54.4% 42.3%
Nicholasville 52 28,483 51.5% 52.4%
Princeton 53 6,274 54.5% 44.4%
Shively 54 15,450 56.4% 34.0%
Hazard 55 5,453 48.4% 47.4%
Paducah 56 25,046 43.2% 40.7%
Russellville 57 6,998 49.8% 37.0%
Versailles 58 8,908 47.5% 45.6%
Frankfort 59 27,389 43.4% 38.2%
Williamsburg 60 5,260 37.6% 32.2%
Glasgow 61 14,152 44.4% 44.8%
Franklin 62 8,563 47.1% 44.9%
Winchester 63 18,363 44.8% 47.2%
Campbellsville 64 11,126 49.8% 40.8%
Somerset 65 11,311 41.8% 35.5%
Morehead 66 6,896 38.2% 21.5%
Dayton 67 5,382 50.5% 41.2%
Hopkinsville 68 32,507 44.9% 43.5%
Paris 69 9,746 40.8% 39.0%
Harrodsburg 70 8,359 50.7% 42.2%
Middlesborough 71 10,035 47.5% 43.8%
London 72 8,062 35.7% 45.6%
Mount Sterling 73 7,030 43.2% 38.2%
Monticello 74 6,163 42.2% 44.1%
Murray 75 18,375 35.9% 30.3%
Cynthiana 76 6,388 41.4% 36.1%
Bowling Green 77 60,660 35.5% 34.1%
Leitchfield 78 6,781 46.1% 45.1%
Mayfield 79 10,091 40.5% 41.0%
Covington 80 40,712 41.5% 32.5%
Bardstown 81 12,833 49.4% 42.0%
Newport 82 15,467 37.3% 32.9%
Richmond 83 32,706 34.0% 29.3%