Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Kentucky

Best Place to Raise Your Kids: Kentucky

Owensboro

Nearest city: Louisville
Population: 57,099
Median family income: $53,636
Runners-up: Louisville, Bowling Green

Owensboro, situated on the southern bank of the Ohio River, 109 miles southwest of Louisville, is an industrial hub with aluminum, coal, steel processors, and natural gas operations. But it's the combination of low crime, outstanding school test scores, and a low cost of living that makes Owensboro a great place to raise kids.