6.1 out of 10

Lancaster

37.6121726019708 -84.5815657091975
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 12, 2012

"Super safe and serene!"

Lancaster is a nice little town that I think I've only been to a couple of times over the years. It's not particularly small, with around 4000 people living here, but at the same time it's not exciting. One thing I do remember about Lancaster is Camp Dick Robinson, which was a Civil War training base and then was later memorialized with an elementary school. It's not the best school in the state by any means, but Camp Dick Robinson is decent enough and will give your kids an education.

Governor William Owsley House is located in Lancaster as well, and it's one of the few things that really brings people to Lancaster. Aka Pleasant Retreat, the house is now a museum and it's kinda cool. I'm not the biggest fan of stiff museums, but the fact that this is a historic site in its own right is pretty cool. The museum was renovated a few years back and is quite nice now. I'm a fan.

You're not going to find a lot of restaurants in Lancaster and hardly any shopping, but it is a safe town that's quiet and friendly. You'd be hard pressed to find a place this quiet and safe anywhere else in the United States. That's a big deal for residents I think. I don't think you even need to lock your doors. It's just that safe.

I recommend Lancaster for those looking for a quiet, serene life. Maybe not so much for those looking for a lot to keep them occupied.
Pros
  • Incredibly safe
  • Quiet
  • Low cost of living
Cons
  • Not a ton of jobs
  • Few restaurants
  • Little to do or see
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 06, 2012

"An excessively quiet small town - Little to do or see!"

Lancaster is a small town about an hour south of me in Lexington. I'm not really the biggest fan of Lancaster, but not because of any particularly bad things. Rather, it's because Lancaster has very little going on overall. I believe the town's main claim to fame is the possibility that the Kennedy House, one of their landmarks, was supposedly used in Uncle Tom's Cabin. This is still only a possibility, so while it's an interesting detail, it's not defined well enough to really make the town a significant place to visit.

I don't really have a reason to visit Lancaster, but if I were to live here I would likely be similarly bored. There are a handful of restaurants, but I can't say I know any of them very well. I've been through Lancaster a few times over the years, and while I know I've eaten here, I honestly can't remember the name of the restaurant. Smith's Restaurant is here, and there's a China Gourmet but these aren't terribly memorable places to eat. You won't be completely out of dining options, but don't expect a ton of really fine dining options or to be kept busy for very long in Lancaster.

I wish I had more to say about Lancaster. It's just not the best town in Kentucky and there's too little to do here to keep outsiders entertained. On the plus side it's quite safe and the cost of living is low.
Pros
  • Very safe
  • Low cost of living
Cons
  • Few restaurants
  • Little to do or see
Recommended for
  • Retirees