10 Best Places to Retire in Kentucky

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Continuing our series of articles on the best places to retire in the United States, we present you with the 10 best places to retire in Kentucky.

Best known for its numerous horse farms and bourbon distilleries, “The Bluegrass State” got its name from the bluegrass found in many pastures across the state. Today, the Bluegrass Region is an important area of Kentucky as it houses 2 of its largest cities – Louisville and Lexington.

Best Places to Retire in Kentucky


Adventurous and adrenaline-seeking retirees might want to give this list a long, hard look as the best places to retire in Kentucky will always have something in store for them. Home to the Mammoth Cave, which has the world’s longest cave system, the state also offers an array of outdoor destinations such as Lake Cumberland and Kentucky Lake, which are the 2 largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi, and Red River Gorge, just to name a few.

Sports fans need not fret, as Kentucky has a lot to offer. Horse racing aficionados will always look forward to the Kentucky Derby, Known as “The fastest two minutes in sports”, it is held annually on the first Saturday of May. It is also part of the Triple Crown, along with the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The state is also home to the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats, two of the most successful basketball programs in NCAA Division I, with the Kentucky Wildcats having the most wins in NCAA Division I history.

However, if you are the type of person who likes to live in solitude against a backdrop of rolling and vast plains, we suggest you check out the 10 best places to retire in Kansas. Live like a king in rural America!

To come up with the 10 best places to retire in Kentucky, we determined which factors are the most important for retirees – the cost of living, physicians per capita, crime, and house values. However, in contrast to previous lists, house values were prioritized and scored at a lesser extent as they directly correlated with the cost of living, inaccurately inflating scores. Information from Sperling’s Best Places, Areavibes and Livability were utilized, with every county given a corresponding score on how high or low they ranked on each of the 4 factors. Scores were then added and averaged, with the top 10 counties earning a place on our list.

Get ready to pack your bags and hit the road once you’ve read the 10 best places to retire in Kentucky!

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