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Apartments for rent in Kentucky

Home to the highest number of deer and turkey per capita in the United States! How's that for country living?

The word "Kentucky" evokes images of rolling, bluegrass-covered hills, horse races, honky tonk, and outdoor adventure. You'll find all of this here in the Bluegrass State, and so much more. Living here means being in the thick of unique traditions and culture. Whether you're showing up to the world-famous Kentucky Derby, taking a trip down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or exploring the natural beauty of the countryside and the fun of small-town festivals, it won't take you long to find something to love about Kentucky.

Moving to Kentucky

If you're embarking on an apartment search in Kentucky, the first thing you'll want to do is decide if you prefer rental properties in an urban setting or more of a small-town existence. Kentucky has plenty of both, so you can have your pick. Living in one of the larger cities might make it easier to find an apt for rent, but if you have a little more time on your hands, you can visit other places to live in Kentucky. Part of your decision probably has to do with where you plan to work or if you'll need to look for a job. The bigger metropolitan areas, such as Lexington and Louisville, have more in the way of job opportunities, but you can also find available condo rentals in rural locations that allow you to commute in for work.

What you'll need

When you start looking for apartments in Kentucky, you're going to want to have all your paperwork and documents ready to go. This means that you need to get your printer warmed up or head to Kinkos to print out copies of your ID, credit report, bank statements, letter of employment, references, paystubs, etc. If you're planning to bring a pet, you'll need to bring paperwork to prove he or she doesn't have any serious issues - not that you'd bring a rabid dog to your new home, but it's just a precaution.

Living in Kentucky

As for life in Kentucky, it basically boils down to whether you're heading to an urban setting or sticking with a more rural life. The state is known for its horse racing, bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, bluegrass music and, of course, Kentucky Fried Chicken. But the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Here's a glimpse into some of the different cities and communities in Kentucky:

Louisville: Located in North Central Kentucky, this city is dynamic and energetic, and offers everything from sports, history, nature, art, and music to wonderful dining and lodging. It's a hot spot for visitors and is home to the Kentucky Derby horse race. It's also home to most of the wealthiest counties in the state.

Lexington: Lexington is the second-largest city in the state and is located right in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region, so named for the bluegrass that covers the rolling hillsides. It's also home to quite a few arts organizations and hosts a number of festivals, such as the Mayfest Arts Fair, where you can take a carriage ride and put your zumba skills on display in a dance competition.

Western Region: The Western Region offers all kinds of bluegrass traditions and natural attractions, including the famous Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area. Paducah is one of the arts capitals of the state.

Eastern Region: This area is focused around the beauty of the outdoors. The expansive Appalachian Mountains and acres of natural parks, hiking trails, and scenic routes make this a perfect choice for people who want to feel far away from city life. It's also where you can learn a lot about Kentucky culture, music, and art dating back to the olden times in Appalachia.

Kentucky Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Kentucky ranks on:
A- Plans for homeownership
A City satisfaction
D Confidence in the local economy
A+ Safety and crime rate
A Access to recreational activities
B- Quality of schools
B- State and local taxes
A- Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Kentucky's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Kentucky renters report very high overall satisfaction, scoring particularly well in safety and access to recreation," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and these are two of the criteria that are most important to them. Kentucky ranks relatively poorly, however, in the strength of its local economy, which might affect its ability to attract other renters."

Key findings in Kentucky include the following:

  • Kentucky renters give their state an A for city satisfaction. This puts it in 7th place in our ranking of US states.
  • On ther other hand, just 20% of renters say that Kentucky's economy is on the right track, earning the state a D.
  • 64% of Kentucky renters reporting plan to purchase an apartment or house in the future, earning the state an A- in the category.
  • Kentucky's highest grade is an A+ for safety and crime rate, with 70% of respondents reporting satisfaction (4th in the nation).
  • Aside from the economy, the lowest scores for Kentucky were a pair of B-'s for school quality and state and local taxes.
  • Kentucky ranked relatively high in comparison with most of its neighbors. Both Kentucky and Virginia earned an A, followed by Illinois (B+), Ohio (B), Indiana (B), then Missouri (C) and Tennessee (C-).
  • The top rated states for city satisfaction were Utah, Idaho, Minnesota, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The lowest rated states were Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, and South Carolina.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at

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