Quality of Life

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Louisville's cost of living is substantially lower than the national average, particularly with respect to housing. According to data from the National Association of Realtors, the median selling price of a home in Louisville in 2008 was $131,600—33 percent below the U.S. median of $196,300 and 40 to 81 percent lower than housing costs in markets like Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco, which logged median selling prices of $220,900, $318,900 and $701,700, respectively, in the first three months of 2008.

Cost of Living

(US Average=100)
City Overall Grocery Housing Utilities Transp. Health Care Misc.
Louisville 91.7 93.9 80.2 84.4 102.1 91.8 98.0
Atlanta 97.6 103.6 92.5 93.0 100.3 96.3 99.7
Baltimore 107.9 108.0 143.4 90.5 100.1 88.6 90.8
Boston 135.6 118.2 168.4 133.8 108.9 118.0 130.2
Chicago 117.5 106.9 134.9 96.7 129.8 99.4 112.4
New York 220.3 145.9 443.8 140.7 127.5 110.0 150.2
Pittsburgh 94.8 98.8 81.8 95.9 107.5 98.5 96.4
Richmond 100.6 101.0 87.0 107.2 98.6 103.2 109.3
Washington DC 139.6 111.7 249.4 97.0 103.7 95.9 97.4
Source: Greater Louisville, Inc. [PDF] 2007

 

Moving to Louisville

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Public Schools

Louisville also has a highly regarded public school system that recently was named one of the top five urban school districts in the country by the Broad Foundation. The system offers a wealth of educational opportunities, including several magnet schools with programs specializing in such diverse subjects as engineering, communications and the performing arts.

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