Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, is home to one of the world’s most famous horse-races, bourbon, and the highest number of deer and turkeys per capita in the U.S.! It’s also a state of contrasts – with large cities, and green pastures; the world’s longest cave system, and the greatest length of navigable waterways in the contiguous United States. What’s Kentucky like as a place to live though? Its crime levels are actually 14 percent lower than the national average, but as you’ll see from the top 10 largest cities below these are all above the state average! Here are the top 10 largest cities ranked in terms of crime and safety levels.
1. Elizabethtown, KY
The smallest city on our list comes out as the safest city in Kentucky. Elizabethtown may be the 10th largest city in the state, but it has a population only around 28,500. E-town is the county seat for Hardin County, and was the namesake for the 2005 movie ‘Elizabethtown’. The crime index is 3,707 – 37 percent above state average.
2. Georgetown, KY
Named in honor of President George Washington, Georgetown is the second safest city in Kentucky, and the ninth largest. It’s the county seat of Scott County and has had a bustling economy since Toyota opened their manufacturing plant here in 1988. The crime index is 54 percent above state average, at 4,178.
3. Owensboro, KY
Owensboro is the fourth largest city, and the third safest city in Kentucky. The crime index is 4,277, and that’s 58 percent above the state average. Owensboro is also a county seat, for Daviess County, and is nicknamed the BBQ Capital of the World thanks to its annual International BBQ Festival.
4. Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Hopkinsville is home to around 31,500 people, so it’s the sixth largest city in Kentucky. It’s the county seat of Christian County, set in the south east of the state, and it’s the fourth safest place to live in Kentucky. The crime index is 65 percent above state average, at 4,466.
5. Lexington, Kentucky
The Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, is the second largest city in Kentucky, home to around 305,000 people. As the nickname suggests, Lexington has plenty of associations with horses including the famous Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington is the fifth safest city in Kentucky; with a crime index of 4,630 that’s 71 percent above state average.
6. Bowling Green
Bowling Green is the seat of Warren County, in south Kentucky. It’s the third largest city in the state with a population around 60,000 people, and it’s ranked as the sixth safest place to live in the state. The crime index is 82 percent above state average, at 4,931.
Often it’s the largest cities in a state that are the most dangerous, though that’s not the case here in Kentucky. Louisville is by far the largest city, with a population around 600,000, but it’s the seventh safest city in Kentucky. Having said this, the crime index is still 100 percent above state average, at 5,418. Louisville is home of the famous Kentucky Derby.
Florence is a relatively small city of around 30,000 people, in Boone County in the north of the state. Before settling on Florence the city had three previous names! The crime index is 5,647, which is 109 percent above state average.
Richmond is the county seat of Madison County, and was named for Richmond, Virginia. This smallish city has a population around 32,000 so it’s the seventh largest city in Kentucky, and with its crime index of 6,232 it comes in as the ninth safest city in the state.
The least safe out of the top 10 largest cities in Kentucky is Covington. Here, the crime index is 144 percent above the state average, at 6,608. Covington is not a large city; only around 40,700 people live here, and it’s one of two county seats of Kenton County.
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