6.1 out of 10

Brandenburg

38.0010429134383 -86.1788395877906
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 18, 2012

"Good for families - Solid community and plenty of baseball"

The other reviewer mostly got it right when talking about Brandenburg. There isn't a whole lot going on here. With only about 2000 people living in Brandenburg you don't get a lot of quality restaurants, and there are few local attractions.

That said, I don't agree with the other guy that Brandenburg is dangerous. I suppose there are a few crimes, but it's overall very safe, like much of Northern Kentucky. There are more crimes in Lexington and Louisville. Little crime. I wouldn't feel the least bit uncomfortable walking around on my own in Brandenburg.

Another that he didn't mention is Meade Olin Park. It's not the biggest or nicest park in the world, but Meade Olin is a fun place. There are a couple baseball diamonds, and residents use them regularly enough. I'm not in Brandenburg all that often, but when I've been by Meade Olin seems like a big part of the town. I've seen multiple ball games going on at the same time. That's a big deal to me. I like to see a town that's interested in local sports, especially for kids. I think it creates a good atmosphere for kids to grow up in. I don't have kids yet, but I feel like I'd want them to have that kind of environment.

The slight downside for parents is that the schools aren't exactly stellar in Brandenburg. They're not horrible or anything, but you don't hear much about Stuart Pepper Middle School or Meade County High School. They aren't standouts, with either good or bad things.

There really aren't many places to get a bite to eat in Brandenburg and essentially no nightlife options, so that is a huge downside. I don't suggest this small town for singles. The only thing it has going for it in this regard is its close proximity to Louisville.

I like Brandenburg, but I'm not ready to live here yet. Maybe when I settle down with a family.
Pros
  • Meade Olin Park is fun
  • Good community
  • Great Pizza places
Cons
  • No Nightlife
  • Few restaurants
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 31, 2012

"A great big fair, great pizza and not enough else..."

I'm going to write my Brandenburg review very much so in comparison with many other other nearby Kentucky towns. This is because I know of a few more crimes in the area and this leads me to believe it's a bit more on the dangerous side than other similar towns. This isn't true when compared with big cities like Chicago or New York and their surrounding communities, but compared to much of Kentucky there's a bit more crime in Brandenburg.

Funny enough, one of the things I like most about Brandenburg has something to do with crime too, as Jail House Pizza is absolutely outstanding. I don't think they named it that specifically because of the higher than usual crime rate, but I've had pizza here more than once over the years and have ALWAYS been very impressed. It's absolutely one of the better pizza joints I've ever been to.

Brandenburg is a bit of a fun place on occasion, and I've been lucky enough to visit the Meade County Fair, which was just recently held in Brandenburg last week, and that is more than a little bit of fun for the whole family! It's super affordable and you'll find so much to do that while you may not want to visit every day of the fair (it's about a week long if I recall correctly), you still could visit every day and not get bored! It's an old fashioned fair, and there's a lot of agricultural business in the business that supports the local economy, so you get that real small town fair from the Meade County Fair.

Otherwise I'm not the biggest fan of Brandenburg. It's the type of place I've visited quite a bit over the years on day trips such as to the fair, but I don't spend a lot of time here. There's certainly a fair amount going on, but it's pretty far West for me, and I'm not partial to driving far to it.
Pros
  • The Meade County Fair brings fun and business
  • Great Pizza places
Cons
  • More crime than much of Kentucky
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers