7.8 out of 10

Covington

39.0283372042364 -84.5218305316656
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Retirees

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 10, 2012

"More going on than most of Kentucky!"

Covington is a great city, and one of the larger ones in this part of Kentucky. Sure, it doesn't quite compare to Lexington for sheer size, but it's still bigger than most other towns, and this works in its favor. You have way more to do in Covington than most small towns, and there are quite a few job opportunities.

For food, you shouldn't run out of things to eat for a little while. Riverside Korean is a great place to get some Korean food, and it's usually not terribly busy, so you shouldn't have to wait very long if at all. Another good place for Asian cuisine is Amerasia. If you're in the mood for more traditional American fare, you can try out Otto's, but Anchor Grill has to be my favorite. It's a good old fashioned burger joint, and while I can't call the food terribly healthy (it's definitely NOT healthy), it sure is good. Tough to beat Covington for food quality.

There are also quite a few schools, from Holy Cross High School to Gateway Community College, so if you're a parent or looking to extend your own education there are more than a few options. Private schools, public, you've got the choices you need.

I've been through Covington quite a few times and I'd love to live here at some point. It's very nice and clean, and fairly safe, with few dangerous spots. You really shouldn't run into many problems and should be able to find a decent place to live without too much trouble. I don't want to compare it to Cincinnati or Lexington because it's smaller, but it's still a really cool area that you can have a lot of fun in. Highly recommended.
Pros
  • Good job opportunities
  • Many schools
  • Close to Cincinnati
  • Lots of restaurants/bars
  • Plenty of public transportation
Cons
  • Somewhat dangerous
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 26, 2012

"Not friendly enough, but certainly fun!"

I have to admit I have somewhat mixed feelings about Covington. My youngest daughter currently lives there while attending Gateway Community College. She's studying to be a practical nurse, and once she completes that part of her education she's going to transfer to another school for a four year degree.

Because of her involvement in the city I was extra careful to take a look around before she moved there. Covington is safe enough, though there are some rougher areas. She loves it because it's right across the river from Cincinnati, which she really likes because she's close enough to a bigger city and all the fun you can have there. This definitely gives Covington a different feel. Some think of it as a suburb of Cincinnati, which isn't terribly far off the mark, but if you're worried about having things to do it's not like you have the farthest drive to find something fun to do. Again, this is great for a younger person.

One big benefit of Covington, especially for a father paying his daughter's way, is that the cost of living is pretty low. We didn't have to look very long or hard to find a very reasonably one bedroom in a good area. I'm a big fan of not paying too much for an apartment, so this was a major selling point.

Covington is very nice in certain areas, with clean streets and a few parks, and you're never far from an excursion out of the city to the country. This is important for my daughter, as she loves horses and hiking. She grew up in Lexington, and I don't think she'd survive without the occasional excursion out of the city.

For me, Covington wouldn't necessarily be the best choice. I like Cincinnati well enough, but I think it's a bit loud at times and some parts look questionable. The good areas are clean and nice, but there's a fair bit more crime than in Lexington, and it doesn't feel like the relaxing Midwest that I love. A little too much crime for me.

Otherwise you'll find plenty of places to shop, eat out, get a drink, and all the gyms and hospitals you'd ever need. The amenities are here, but I don't find Covington to be nearly as friendly or welcoming as other parts of Kentucky.
Pros
  • Close to Cincinnati
  • Lots of restaurants/bars
  • Plenty of public transportation
Cons
  • Somewhat dangerous
  • Not the friendliest place in Kentucky
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish