Quality of Place

Quality of Place reflects the vibrancy of the core county measured by population relative to surrounding areas. As this Deep Driver evolves–encompassing our urban environment, community equity, access to the arts, and community engagement–our goal is to retain 70% of the regional population and 60% of the regional job base within Louisville Metro.
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Natural Environment

The natural environment consists of Louisvilleā€™s land, air, and water. Louisville residents are particularly affected by air quality, which strongly affects childhood growth and development, those with asthma, and the elderly. Fine particulate matter, ozone, and many other chemicals reduce air quality and affect quality of life. The metric for the natural environment is air pollution, in which Louisville currently ranks 11th.


    Air Pollution

Built Environment

Built environment reflects the man-made infrastructure built to accommodate the needs of a community, including factors such as transit access and housing affordability. Built environment reflects the effectiveness of current urban policy and planning, particularly the flexibility of those efforts as the community continues to change. The metric for built environment is homeownership, in which Louisville currently ranks 7th.


    Digital Divide

    Commute Time

    Driving Alone to Work

    Severe Housing Problems


    Cost-Burdened Households

    Housing Price Index

    Net Migration Flow

Poverty & Inequity

The effects of poverty are not just on the wallet, but in every barrier to health and wellbeing. The multidimensional poverty index reflects the fact that individuals experience poverty in multiple forms: low income, poorer health, unemployment, low education, and living in a poor neighborhood. Measuring the economic inequities indicates the current economic accessibility and socio-economic investment opportunities. Using factors such as food accessibility, housing accessibility, and income disparity give a measure of the overall status of inequities in a community. The main metric for poverty and inequity is multidimensional poverty, in which Louisville currently ranks 15th.


    Median Household Income

    Children Ages 0-17 in Poverty

    Multidimensional Poverty

    Income Inequality

    Disconnected Youth

    Food Insecurity

    Food Deserts


A strong social and community support network can indicate the opportunities for community involvement and self-investment. Creating such support networks allows a community to thrive by investing in itself and empowering the community to take specific actions to address their community needs. Using factors such as volunteerism rates provides a general idea of the access to and involvement in community reinvestment. The main metric for compassion is volunteerism, Louisville currently ranks 14th.


    Social Associations

    Racial Geography



The safety of a community can be measured as both subjective and objective, and includes ensuring a community is safe and that citizens feel safe in order to promote community engagement and economic involvement. Moreover, community safety encourages investment opportunities and increases the worth of properties, resulting in net economic gains. Factors like violent crime rates and injury related death rates allow for an examination of the safety of a specific community. The main metric for safety is violent crime, on which Louisville currently ranks 8th.


    Violent Crime

    Injury Deaths