Economic Development Newsroom


Louisville Ranked Number One for Relocating Families

Wednesday June 7, 2006

Quality-of-life factors rate Louisville highest among large cities

Louisville’s low cost of living combined with its unique amenities and quality of life have helped the city earn the recognition as the nation’s best city for relocating families.

“We know that Louisville is a city on the move – and it's reaffirming when people around the country take notice,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. "As companies like Humana, UPS and others continue to expand and invest in Louisville they too are sending the message that our community is a great place to locate their business and employees."

A study conducted by two corporate relocation-service companies – Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation – and Sperling’s Best Places rated U.S. cities based on a number of economic and quality-of-life factors such as tax rates, home costs and appreciation, utility service, commute times, and the quantity of family-friendly events and venues.

Louisville has affordable home costs, among the lowest utility costs in the nation and shorter commute times than most major cities, Abramson said. He said Louisville’s already strong quality of life is being bolstered by new attractions and amenities such as the Muhammad Ali Center, 4th St. Live, new venues for the arts, hotels and a variety of housing opportunities.

Louisville ranked No.1 in the large-city category (population 500,000 people and above), ahead of Austin, Tex.; Denver, Colo.; Nashville, Tenn; and San Jose, Calif. Other regional cities’ rankings include Knoxville (No. 9), Atlanta (No. 13), Memphis (No. 17), Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C. (No. 40), Cincinnati (No. 43), and Indianapolis (No. 45). Last year, Louisville ranked No. 5.

In the mid-sized city category (population 250,000-500,000), Evansville, Ind.; and Lexington, Ky.; rated No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

View more information on the study.

Large-City Rankings (over 500,000 population):

1. Louisville, KY

2. Austin-San Marcos, TX

3. Denver, CO

4. Nashville, TN

5. San Jose, CA

6. Washington, DC

7. Baltimore, MD

8. Albuquerque, NM

9. Knoxville, TN

10. Harrisburg, PA

11. Baton Rouge, LA

12. Monmouth-Ocean, NJ

13. Atlanta, GA

14. Oklahoma City, OK

15. Colorado Springs, CO

16. Tulsa, OK

17. Memphis, TN

18. Dallas, TX

19. Birmingham, AL

20. San Francisco, CA

21. Boston, MA

22. Nassau-Suffolk, NY

23. New York, NY

24. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ

25. Houston, TX

26. Orange County, CA

27. Jersey City, NJ

28. Columbia, SC

29. Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

30. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

31. Las Vegas, NV

32. El Paso, TX

33. Salt Lake City, UT

34. Phoenix-Mesa, AZ

35. Pittsburgh, PA

36. Seattle-Bellevue, WA

37. Oakland, CA

38. San Antonio, TX

39. Norfolk-Virginia Beach, VA

40. Greensboro-Winston-Salem, NC

41. Mobile, AL

42. Bakersfield, CA

43. Cincinnati, OH

44. Philadelphia, PA

45. Indianapolis, IN

46. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

47. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

48. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

49. Wilmington-Newark, DE

50. Little Rock, AR