If you’re going to live in Kentucky, U.S. News and World Report says you should live in Louisville.
Louisville is the 43rd-best place to live in America, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Top 100 that’s based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area. Louisville ranked best in the value and job market categories, but it got the biggest bump from the Kentucky Derby.
The two-week Kentucky Derby Festival enhances the region’s appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world to gamble and drink mint juleps. Meanwhile, locally owned restaurants and coffee shops make Louisville a culinary destination, with restaurants serving bourbon, produce, meat and dairy products sporting the “Kentucky Proud” label identifying them as Kentucky-grown or Kentucky-made. And bumper stickers that unapologetically carry the “Keep Louisville Weird” slogan, show Louisville residents’ strong support of independent businesses.
No other Kentucky cities cracked the Top 100. The highest-ranked SEC city to make the list is quite a surprise — Fayetteville, Arkansas.