These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Kentucky

John McLean
by John McLean
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Kentucky that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 78 largest cities in Kentucky with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Bluegrass State:

  1. Union
  2. Edgewood
  3. Fort Mitchell
  4. Cold Spring
  5. Middletown
  6. Villa Hills
  7. Lyndon
  8. St. Matthews
  9. Douglass Hills
  10. Taylor Mill

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Bluegrass State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Kentucky, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 78 places in Kentucky.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 78 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Kentucky”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Union

Smartest Kentucky

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Population: 5,569
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Graduating early with their diplomas held high are the citizens in Union, Kentucky. With a population of 5,569, an almost nonexistent high school dropout rate, and only 2.7% of the adult population without a high school diploma this town earned its #1 spot.

2. Edgewood

Smartest Kentucky

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Population: 8,665
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the bittersweet spot of #2 Edgewood, Kentucky has made the list with almost no high school dropouts and only 3.3% of the adult population missing a high school diploma.

3. Fort Mitchell

Smartest Kentucky

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Population: 8,209
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the bronze medal on our list is the city of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. With such great numbers the kids here are definitely getting a quality education.

Smart cookies.

4. Cold Spring

Smartest Kentucky

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Population: 6,093
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the #4 spot Cold Spring is a small town of 6,093 residents. But the kids here are crushing it in school with an ultra low high school dropout rate and only 4.3% of the adult population missing a high school diploma.

5. Middletown

Smartest Kentucky

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Population: 7,333
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Middletown is fittingly in the middle of our list at the #5 spot on the list of smartest cities in Kentucky. With a population of just over 7,300 people and almost no high school dropouts this tiny town is doing big things!

6. Villa Hills

Smartest Kentucky

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Population: 7,359
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

It might sound like a vacation spot but Villa Hills is clearly a place of study. A town of 7,359 this area boasts almost no high school dropouts and a small population of 5.3% of adults without high school diplomas.

7. Lyndon

Smartest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,167
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Sitting pretty at #7 is the town of Lyndon. At a population of 11,167 and 6.2% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma the kids here are in study hall every day. Way to go!

8. St. Matthews

Smartest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,686
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.7%

At #8 is the city of St. Matthews with a population over 17,686. This metropolitan city is breaking the stereotype that big cities lack education and opportunity with a high school dropout rate of just 1.7% and just over 5% of residents missing a high school diploma.

9. Douglass Hills

Smartest Kentucky

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,566
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Cutting it close is the town of Douglass Hills at #9 with a population of just over 5,500 residents. With so few high school dropouts it’s no surprise this town made our smartest cities list.

10. Taylor Mill

Smartest Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,682
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Rounding out our list at #10 is the city of Taylor Mill. With a population hovering around the 6,682 mark, almost no high school dropouts, and a population of adults without high school degress of only 7.5% the residents here are some of the brightest bulbs in the box.

And that’s how you graduate in style

That is our definitive ranking of the 10 Smartest Cities in Kentucky. Here at Zippia we want to bring important information to our readers. Now you can make a more informed decision on your next visit to the Bluegrass State. Be sure to visit these towns to see their intelligence first hand and experience it for yourself. And next time you’re looking for career advice head to zippia.com to have all of your quesitons answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Kentucky

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Union 1 5,569 2.7% 0.0%
Edgewood 2 8,665 3.3% 0.0%
Fort Mitchell 3 8,209 3.5% 0.0%
Cold Spring 4 6,093 4.3% 0.0%
Middletown 5 7,333 4.9% 0.0%
Villa Hills 6 7,359 5.3% 0.0%
Lyndon 7 11,167 6.2% 0.0%
St. Matthews 8 17,686 5.1% 1.7%
Douglass Hills 9 5,566 7.1% 0.0%
Taylor Mill 10 6,682 7.5% 0.0%
Fort Wright 11 5,726 5.4% 2.1%
Fort Thomas 12 16,250 6.7% 1.2%
Erlanger 13 18,370 7.6% 1.0%
Oak Grove 14 7,522 9.5% 0.0%
Wilmore 15 5,995 10.1% 0.0%
Bellevue 16 5,933 10.8% 0.0%
Independence 17 25,638 10.0% 1.3%
Mount Washington 18 11,956 9.4% 1.7%
Florence 19 31,038 11.4% 1.5%
Flatwoods 20 7,483 13.2% 0.0%
Madisonville 21 19,807 13.3% 0.0%
Lexington-Fayette 22 304,473 10.8% 2.2%
La Grange 23 8,283 9.5% 2.9%
Morehead 24 6,896 15.0% 0.0%
Highland Heights 25 7,152 8.0% 4.3%
Georgetown 26 30,349 12.1% 2.6%
Murray 27 18,375 15.7% 0.3%
Vine Grove 28 5,296 8.4% 4.9%
Owensboro 29 58,000 14.2% 2.0%
Bowling Green 30 60,660 15.7% 0.8%
Alexandria 31 8,654 6.2% 6.2%
Danville 32 16,471 12.2% 3.0%
Central City 33 5,932 16.8% 0.0%
Elizabethtown 34 29,464 12.1% 3.6%
Shively 35 15,450 17.4% 0.0%
Berea 36 14,209 15.9% 1.6%
Richmond 37 32,706 14.8% 2.3%
Jeffersontown 38 26,862 7.8% 8.5%
Radcliff 39 22,939 10.5% 5.4%
Nicholasville 40 28,483 17.4% 1.4%
Paducah 41 25,046 14.3% 3.7%
Franklin 42 8,563 20.1% 0.0%
Louisville 43 605,762 13.1% 4.9%
Lawrenceburg 44 11,014 13.1% 5.1%
Hopkinsville 45 32,507 15.2% 3.3%
Ashland 46 21,551 11.9% 7.2%
Williamsburg 47 5,260 19.5% 2.3%
Harrodsburg 48 8,359 22.7% 0.0%
Dayton 49 5,382 16.5% 3.8%
Frankfort 50 27,389 14.4% 5.7%
Glasgow 51 14,152 24.0% 0.0%
Bardstown 52 12,833 13.1% 9.8%
Princeton 53 6,274 12.7% 10.2%
Corbin 54 7,051 19.8% 3.0%
Pikeville 55 7,313 22.8% 2.4%
Lebanon 56 5,594 22.7% 2.7%
Versailles 57 8,908 18.2% 5.0%
Elsmere 58 8,451 20.2% 4.3%
Hillview 59 7,785 14.8% 13.2%
Winchester 60 18,363 20.2% 4.6%
Maysville 61 8,951 19.9% 5.0%
Henderson 62 28,840 15.8% 11.4%
Campbellsville 63 11,126 18.7% 6.1%
Covington 64 40,712 18.1% 7.7%
Shepherdsville 65 11,573 16.0% 11.7%
Russellville 66 6,998 25.8% 2.7%
Paris 67 9,746 17.8% 9.1%
Mayfield 68 10,091 24.5% 3.1%
Hazard 69 5,453 19.2% 10.1%
Mount Sterling 70 7,030 17.3% 22.4%
Somerset 71 11,311 21.0% 9.9%
Newport 72 15,467 22.0% 8.6%
Monticello 73 6,163 33.3% 3.9%
Middlesborough 74 10,035 31.5% 4.6%
Shelbyville 75 14,558 20.5% 23.8%
Cynthiana 76 6,388 21.6% 17.5%
Leitchfield 77 6,781 25.7% 8.8%
London 78 8,062 26.0% 24.3%

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