A typical home in the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area costs $154,000, higher than in Kentucky as a whole, where the typical home is worth $130,000.
The price of a typical Louisville/Jefferson County home is, however, less than the national median home value of $194,500.
Residents of areas with less expensive real estate also tend to have relatively low incomes. In Louisville/Jefferson County, the typical household earns $52,898 annually, higher than the $45,215 median household income statewide and similar to the $55,775 national figure. Louisville/Jefferson County has the second highest median household income of any Kentucky metro area.
Home values tend to be higher in dense, urban areas, where space is limited and land is more expensive as a result. In the Louisville/Jefferson County metro area, there are 363 people per square mile, somewhat greater than the average urban population density of 283 Americans per square mile across all metro areas nationwide. Louisville/Jefferson County has the highest population density of any Kentucky metro area.
Home values in the metro area may also be hurt by the condition of the local job market. People often relocate for occupational reasons, and an area with higher unemployment is more likely to have less expensive real estate. The Louisville/Jefferson County metro area’s unemployment rate, however, was 4.2% as of August 2016, lower than the 4.9% jobless rate nationwide.
Improved unemployment among the Louisville/Jefferson County workforce over the last five years — like most of the country — may have helped increase home values as a result. Since August 2011, the Louisville/Jefferson County unemployment rate has fallen by 5.1 percentage points. Over the same period, home values in the metro area increased by 5.9%. Nationwide, the unemployment rate improved by 4.1 percentage points as the median home value increased by 12.0%.
Areas with low home values are often fairly well-educated. In addition to the lower-paying jobs that educated residents often hold, the lack of good schools and universities are likely to decrease demand for nearby homes. In Louisville/Jefferson County, 28.7% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, a smaller share than the 30.6% of Americans with similar education nationwide.
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