6.3 out of 10

Harrodsburg

37.7633040891766 -84.8478911624317
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 08, 2012

"Picturesque Main Street, extremely safe and Hitachi is right nearby!"

I don't have a ton of experience with Harrodsburg, but from the times I've visited I can say it's a friendly place. I'd also say it's one of the safest places in Kentucky. I'm not basing that on crime statistics, as I generally take those with a grain of salt. This isn't to say the statistics are high, it's just that I've been through Harrodsburg only a few times, but when I have been here I've felt extremely safe. I think even if I were a single lady I'd still feel fairly safe, especially on the main street.

Speaking of, the main street and downtown area of Harrodsburg are absolutely stunning. The town has done a great job of maintaining a simple, pretty feel to their physical location. The consistency of one building to another makes it quite clear that the town has done a lot of planning to ensure everything has a specific look. This isn't to say that there's no variety, but rather that the town square has a nice feel that flows together well. I really like that about Harrodsburg, and I get the impression that's something they're proud of here.

As far as schools are concerned, maybe it's because Harrodsburg is small, but you don't hear much about their schools. I don't know if they have any particularly good schools, but what they do have is halfway decent. Mercer County High School, Kenneth D. King Middle School and Harlow Elementary all serve Harrodsburg, but I can't say I hear much about any of them.

One last thing I know about Harrodsburg is that the town is very reliant on Hitachi. Their automotive products are largely made here I believe, and while the whole economy is not based on this one company, it does bring a lot of life blood into Harrodsburg and I think this is a big deal for residents.

All in all, I really like Harrodsburg. It's a pretty little town with some wonderful architecture (not fancy, but small town and enjoyable). The safety is a big selling point, and there's just enough to do to keep people entertained.
Pros
  • Nearby Hitachi for jobs
  • Safe
  • Friendly people
  • Very Historic
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 02, 2012

"A beautiful downtown and incredibly friendly people!"

Harrodsburg is about 45 minutes south of Lexington, and it's a nice, historic town with a lot of generous people. I wouldn't call it a bustling town, but Harrodsburg has a lot of charm, and it's a fairly well put together town.

The main street/downtown in Harrodsburg is beautiful. This is a small town to be sure, but the store fronts have an absolutely outstanding old time feel, and it's very clear and well done. Is it simple? Sure. Is it lovely? Absolutely. I love walking around, taking in the charm, and getting a bite to eat in Harrodsburg.

So let's talk food. You have options to be sure. Eddie Montgomery's Steak House is a fun place to get dinner. The atmosphere really fits Harrodsburg too, as it looks like a log cabin and they serve good old fashioned food like ribs and steaks. Much like the town, the food is simple, classic and good. My wife and daughters get annoyed that I always insist we eat here when in Harrodsburg, but I love it. There are other options, and on occasion I'll relent and go somewhere else, but Eddie Montgomery's is one of my favorite restaurants regardless of location.

Other things about Harrodsburg: it's quite safe. You don't hear about many crimes here. The schools are okay, but I do think they're a bit below average in terms of results. I know Mercer Elementary is friendly, as is Mercer High, but neither gets great marks. There isn't as much of a focus on education in Harrodsburg as I'd like. That's not to say there's no though of it, but it's not the focus. There are a few private schools like Central Kentucky Christian, but it also gets ho-hum reviews. I think parents are generally satisfied with the schools in Harrodsburg, but if you really want your child to excel you'll have to push them yourself.

I like Harrodsburg, and whenever I get a chance to visit I do. I hope to continue visiting for years and years to come, especially to get a bite to eat at Eddie Montgomery's!
Pros
  • Amazing food at Eddie Montgomery's
  • Very Historic
  • Friendly people
Cons
  • Mediocre Schools
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees