Tiny town life moves a little slower, but the communities are more in tune and closer knit, like Mayberry. Our beautiful state seems to have more small towns than big cities, and we are ok with that. We have covered how everyone knows your name in
small towns, but only featured a tiny fraction of what exists. Don’t get me wrong, big cities are great if you want an abundance of strangers, more activities than you could ever possibly do in a lifetime, and traffic. In my humble opinion, slow-paced small towns in Kentucky are what make our state special. Here are 15 more places where Andy Griffith and Barney Fife would feel right at home:
This little town has a population of 320. That means you may not know everyone in town, but you will have a good idea of who they are related to. It is a charming, peaceful place to visit or call home.
14. Beech Grove
The population of this tiny town is a mere 243. There are a lot of long term residents here, and newcomers tend to feel the homey atmosphere. The local diner is always full and you might even hear some stories about the town.
This tiny town with a population of 343 is your classic Mayberrish atmosphere, complete with a little gathering spot called Mrs. Teapots. Locals here still sit and chat on a sunny afternoon. If you are ever in the neighborhood, stop in for cookies and a spot of tea.
A population of 325 is quite comfortable for this tiny town. They don’t have much of a web presence because that would ruin the ambiance of the community. They are content just the way they are and once you visit, you won’t blame them.
With a population of 298, Bradfordville is like stepping backwards in time. There are still homes available for under $30,000 that are not under warning by the health department. People wave when you drive by, whether they know you or not. Towns like this keep the small town feel alive in the Bluegrass State.
The population here is a mere 223, but that is just right for this cozy little community. Coldiron still uses the post office established in 1928. Mary E. Coldiron was the first postmaster at that office, and the town was named after the Coldiron family.
When most people hear Dexter, they think the television show, not a small town with a population of 277. The town is much more relaxing and friendly than the show, and has a lot less crime. Some residents could probably rest easy with their door unlocked, unlike anywhere in the big cities.
Ezel is a very quiet town with a population of 235. They don’t have a big Internet presence and pictures are near impossible to find. The people of Ezel want their town to stay just the way it is. This is a quiet, peaceful place to raise a family without the corruption that comes with big city life in some cases.
7. Grand Rivers
When people say Grand Rivers, the first thing that pops up is usually Patti’s 1880s Restaurant, and with good reason. The food here is to die for, especially the pie. However, with a population of 378, this is also a sleepy little town that allows residents to maintain a traditional quality of life.
6. High Bridge
High Bridge is known for having the tallest railroad bridge standing today. That is not surprising considering the population is only 242. The town sits along the river and provides a beautiful view, and some really good fishing.
With a population of 226, you may have never heard of Livingston, but it is a beautiful place. Jane Beshear deemed the community one of Kentucky’s “Trail Towns,” because of all the surrounding beauty and history. The close proximity to Daniel Boone National Forest provides residents and visitors with some of the most scenic beauty in Kentucky to enjoy.
One of the beautiful things about having a population of 243 is the closeness of the community. It affects all areas, including education. The positive influence of the public school system here is slightly above the state average.
Though it only has a population of 269, Rockport is a community that has been around for decades. Many of the old buildings are still standing and the citizens try to preserve all that is left of the original town. The scenery surrounding the area is breathtaking and the beautiful site of the town, Paradise, is not far away. This area of Kentucky has been featured in songs purely because of Mother Nature's powerful influence.
There are only 216 residents in Slaughters but it comes with an interesting history. According to local history, the rights to the town were won in a card game at the post office by Augusta G Slaughter. In 1856 the original town was deemed Slaughtersville, but was renamed Slaughters in 1915.
Trenton is an established community with a population of 390, but that has not always been its name. The town was initially settled in 1796 as the town of Lewisburg. In 1819 the residents decided to rename the area as Trenton, after Trenton, New Jersey and was incorporated as such in 1840.
These slow-paced small towns in Kentucky are literally the heartbeat of the state. Each one has something special that keeps people there for generations. What small towns would you add to this list?