Kentucky scored poorly on Apartment List’s nationwide survey of good places for apartment dwellers.
The survey, released Wednesday, also ranked Lexington and Louisville poorly. In Lexington, renters gave a C grade to their overall satisfaction, but an A-plus to jobs and career opportunities, and a B to the safety and crime rate. Louisville scored slightly better, with a C-plus overall satisfaction grade, an A-minus in affordability and a D in safety and crime rate.
The D in safety and crime rate was Kentucky’s worst score.
The weather in Kentucky, of late not especially an asset, got a B-plus. Recreational activities got a C, quality of schools a B, state and local taxes a B-minus, and pet-friendliness a B-plus.
Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota and Minnesota received the survey’s top scores. Wyoming, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts joined Kentucky as the bottom and near-bottom states.
Apartment List, a website that matches renters with available apartments, said in a news release that the four factors that have the biggest influence on overall satisfaction are safety, job opportunities, social life and recreational activities.
Renters surveyed rated their cities on 11 factors including affordability, public transit and weather. Data was collected for 167 cities and 50 states and included more than 45,000 responses.
Among the 50 largest cities, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Boston and Virginia Beach received the top scores for renter satisfaction. Detroit, Tulsa, Oakland and Tucson received the lowest rating from renters.
Apartment List publishes its research on its Rentomics blog.