6.9 out of 10

Williamstown

38.6584356412143 -84.5509216205797
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Cost of Living
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 27, 2012

"Inexpensive but by no means cheap!"

The other reviewer had a lot right about Williamstown. This is a really fun small town a little ways north of my Lexington. This gives it a bit of traffic, though it's by no means busy.

I want to run through the basics first: Williamstown is very nice, very clean and safe as heck. Like most of the local small towns the cost of living is extremely low so you don't have to worry about hunting for a cheap place. There are plenty around, and most of your local amenities are pretty affordable. One thing that's really nice about Williamstown is that while the cost of living is low, people still make a decent living here. It's not a rich area by any means, but it's not half bad. The median household income is $33,000, and for families it's $44,800. That's not too shabby. You can get a whole heck of a lot with that kind of money.

Jim was right to say that Heritage Days are a lot of fun. I used to make the short drive every year for Heritage Days with my daughters, and it was incredibly fun. The community in Williamstown really supported it well. I've always been happy with Williamstown's great local flavor.

You would do very well with a family in Williamstown. It's a quiet, safe place to live, and while I don't think it's the most exciting place on Earth, you can build an incredibly comfortable life here.
Pros
  • Great atmosphere
  • Low cost of living
  • Friendly
  • Heritage Days is a super fun fair.
Cons
  • Few restaurants
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 26, 2012

"Fun Heritage Days for Visitors!"

Williamstown is a fun little town about halfway between Lexington and Cincinnati. It's not super close to either town, with about 45 miles to travel to either city, but this isn't too bad, so that if you really wanted to you could probably make the commute (I doubt many people do, but it's a possibility), and if you want to have some fun on the weekend you certainly have that chance.

I've only been through Williamstown a handful of times, but I've always enjoyed it. I may have a slightly skewed idea of the town though as when I visit it's for Heritage Days, which is early every fall. This is a lot of fun, and no doubt Williamstown doe a lot to show their best during this fair. The next Heritage Days is in just a few weeks on September 15. It's hosted at the Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds, and there are lots of vendors and plenty of people showcasing some of the great things Kentucky has to offer, like antiques and crafts. There's also a tractor show and an antique car show. I'm not terribly knowledgeable about cars, but I love to check out the classic models. I also don't have kids yet, but I know a lot of people bring their kids for the fair. It's a lot of fun and really makes Williamstown seem like a fun, family-friendly place to live.

On the subject of family, Williamstown is a very safe place, with some good educational opportunities. Nothern Kentucky University has some classes held in Williamstown, though the actual campus is located in Highland Heights. So while you're not necessarily going to find a lot of adult education in Williamstown, you can still take some classes. Other than this, there are a few smaller schools, but you don't hear much about them. I'm not saying they're bad, but you don't hear much.

You don't have a lot of restaurants in Williamstown, though there is Ming Moon for Chinese food and a few pizza places and a McDonald's. It's really too bad, but this is a pretty small town. On the plus side, if you really want to try something different you can drive up to Cincinnati or down to Lexington for their larger selection of quality restaurants.

I like Williamstown quite a bit. It's a friendly little town with a wonderful fair every year and it's super safe. I don't know that I'd ever choose to live here, but I definitely enjoying stopping by on occasion.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Heritage Days is a super fun fair.
Cons
  • Few restaurants
  • Few jobs
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists