These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Kentucky

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnameable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Kentucky. And here they are:

  1. Union
  2. Cold Spring
  3. Edgewood
  4. Fort Mitchell
  5. Fort Wright
  6. Alexandria
  7. Independence
  8. Fort Thomas
  9. Middletown
  10. Villa Hills

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Kentucky

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Union

Union, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,569Median Income: $103,929
Poverty Level: 4.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

2. Cold Spring

Union, Kentucky
Population 2014: 6,093 Median Income: $62,168
Poverty Level: 2.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

3. Edgewood

Edgewood, Kentucky

Source: Http://New.Edgewoodky.Gov

Population: 8,665Median Income: $85,000
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

4. Fort Mitchell

Union, Kentucky
Population 2014: 8,209 Median Income: $63,004
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

5. Fort Wright

Fort Wright, Kentucky

Source: Http://Www.Fortwright.Com

Population: 5,726Median Income: $64,797
Poverty Level: 6.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

6. Alexandria

Alexandria, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,654Median Income: $74,464
Poverty Level: 4.5%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

7. Independence

Independence, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,638Median Income: $65,776
Poverty Level: 7.0%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

8. Fort Thomas

Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,250Median Income: $62,454
Poverty Level: 8.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

9. Middletown

Middletown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,333Median Income: $56,503
Poverty Level: 9.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

10. Villa Hills

Union, Kentucky
Population 2014: 7,359 Median Income: $85,128
Poverty Level: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Union and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Kentucky

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Union $103,929 4.6% 4.1%
2 Cold Spring $62,168 2.6% 3.6%
3 Edgewood $85,000 2.7% 5.1%
4 Fort Mitchell $63,004 6.0% 4.0%
5 Fort Wright $64,797 6.7% 4.0%
6 Alexandria $74,464 4.5% 6.1%
7 Independence $65,776 7.0% 6.9%
8 Fort Thomas $62,454 8.7% 6.3%
9 Middletown $56,503 9.8% 4.6%
10 Villa Hills $85,128 4.0% 9.1%
11 St. Matthews $53,905 9.1% 4.8%
12 Jeffersontown $60,251 8.6% 6.9%
13 Taylor Mill $63,635 10.8% 6.7%
14 Douglass Hills $61,604 14.4% 5.8%
15 Mount Washington $62,799 7.7% 8.2%
16 Florence $52,878 8.6% 6.6%
17 Lyndon $50,516 10.9% 5.1%
18 Lawrenceburg $50,696 9.6% 6.8%
19 Bellevue $54,288 9.5% 7.9%
20 Georgetown $56,854 11.1% 8.2%
21 Erlanger $56,625 9.9% 8.6%
22 Vine Grove $55,986 4.8% 12.0%
23 Shelbyville $46,630 16.8% 7.2%
24 Elsmere $45,639 16.6% 7.3%
25 Wilmore $41,661 20.0% 4.2%
26 Shepherdsville $48,571 13.2% 8.8%
27 Madisonville $40,565 15.4% 7.5%
28 Elizabethtown $42,735 14.8% 8.5%
29 La Grange $53,778 16.8% 8.9%
30 Hillview $46,707 8.3% 11.2%
31 Lexington-Fayette $48,667 19.7% 8.0%
32 Versailles $41,915 19.7% 7.5%
33 Owensboro $38,213 17.9% 7.9%
34 Flatwoods $41,344 17.3% 8.7%
35 Highland Heights $49,982 19.4% 10.0%
36 Louisville $44,806 17.0% 10.2%
37 Radcliff $45,311 15.2% 12.3%
38 Pikeville $37,283 26.1% 6.1%
39 Nicholasville $44,213 18.2% 11.2%
40 Shively $34,826 19.3% 8.8%
41 Danville $38,198 19.7% 10.1%
42 Oak Grove $35,886 16.4% 10.8%
43 Berea $38,513 33.9% 7.2%
44 Frankfort $40,622 19.1% 11.4%
45 Williamsburg $34,408 21.8% 8.4%
46 Morehead $37,036 34.5% 7.2%
47 Central City $35,057 23.8% 8.6%
48 Maysville $33,603 18.1% 10.6%
49 Russellville $30,606 23.6% 7.9%
50 Henderson $35,725 21.7% 10.7%
51 Dayton $36,589 24.2% 9.8%
52 Mount Sterling $38,459 19.9% 13.7%
53 Paducah $31,338 23.1% 8.8%
54 Winchester $35,055 20.3% 11.1%
55 Somerset $24,851 29.4% 6.4%
56 Hazard $38,167 26.1% 10.8%
57 Princeton $37,008 20.8% 13.8%
58 Paris $32,489 23.2% 10.4%
59 Ashland $37,789 23.4% 12.5%
60 Covington $35,460 22.2% 12.1%
61 Franklin $30,398 22.4% 11.3%
62 Lebanon $22,670 24.6% 9.0%
63 Newport $35,041 24.0% 13.1%
64 Campbellsville $31,026 24.4% 11.0%
65 Hopkinsville $34,670 22.0% 16.4%
66 Glasgow $28,155 24.9% 10.5%
67 Cynthiana $27,572 27.6% 9.9%
68 Bowling Green $34,036 29.9% 11.7%
69 Richmond $30,295 33.2% 10.6%
70 Corbin $32,713 24.6% 16.1%
71 London $30,286 28.2% 12.7%
72 Bardstown $32,000 26.8% 18.0%
73 Harrodsburg $29,754 26.8% 21.7%
74 Murray $29,993 36.8% 13.5%
75 Leitchfield $26,786 31.3% 16.9%
76 Mayfield $24,839 34.4% 15.0%
77 Middlesborough $21,694 35.0% 14.1%
78 Monticello $25,510 39.7% 17.1%

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