6.1 out of 10

Carrollton

38.6771390536669 -85.1606213524502
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 22, 2012

"Close enough to the Speedway to bring in some traffic!"

Carrollton is a town primarily defined by the Kentucky Speedway. This is something of a double-edged sword though, as it's 14 miles away, so it can't claim to be the 'home' of the Speedway, but it's still close enough that many who travel to the Speedway stop in Carrollton.

I know many residents are fans of NASCAR, so they enjoy the chance to take the short drive over to watch a race. I've been there on many occasions, and while I'm not as die hard as some racing enthusiasts, I do love to enjoy a day here. It's hard to find as fun a time as this in Kentucky. There are good people and lots of drinks. Just be careful driving home.

In the town itself you'll a small handful of decent restaurants, but nothing to write home about. Down on Main Street is a decent sports bar, and Mexico Lindo is a halfway decent Mexican restaurant, but they're hardly fantastic places or tourist attractions.

You don't get a lot of bars or clubs, as the population is a little small to accommodate much nightlife, so if you're a young guy or girl you might find it a bit boring here.

Carrollton is an in-between town, with it being placed almost exactly between Cincinnati and Louisville. This helps it by giving some residents something to do when they want to travel to a more fun loca, and the races are a lot of fun, but there's ultimately not a lot else to do here. It's a quiet small town. As it's not home of the Speedway, it's not terribly remarkable except as a nearby town to the Kentucky Speedway.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Friendly
  • Close to the Kentucky Speedway
  • Super Safe
Cons
  • Little to do outside the races
  • Slow economy
Recommended for
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 01, 2012

"Carrollton has a great park for a weeklong getaway!"

I have one main experience with Carrollton that has forever put the town in my good graces. At the suggestion of a friend, a group of buddies and I rented a cabin in General Butler Resort State Park. It's super cheap, and you can actually really relax here with a very simple sort of vacation. You may not find all the amenities, but the park itself is extraordinarily beautiful, and I've never had a bad time here. I think for residents it's a HUGE plus that takes the whole park to another level. I can't be 100% certain of that, but it's a really great park and I wouldn't trade my experience there for the world.

Outside of the park, Carrollton is a quiet, cozy town like many small towns in Kentucky. It's pretty safe and clean, the neighbors are friendly, and you can be sure you'll get to know everyone in short order. Also like some of the other towns in the area, the economy isn't exactly great, so you may struggle to find a job unless you're opening a business of your own.

I'm not personally a huge fan of racing, but the Kentucky Speedway is just down the road about 20 miles or so, and I know a lot of folks around here are fans, so that's another big benefit to living in Carrollton.

For families, I don't think of Carrollton as the best place, as the schools aren't supposed to be terribly great, and the average level of education isn't terribly high. That said, the safety and friendliness of the community make it a good place to give kids values, if not an education.
Pros
  • Close to the Kentucky Speedway
  • Amazing Park!
  • Super Safe
Cons
  • Not great for education
  • Slow economy
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers