Ballard County

Welcome to Ballard County

Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Ballard County is a rural oasis in the heart of western Kentucky. Here, Southern small towns nestle amongst rolling countryside hills, natural wetlands, and centuries-old farmsteads—but don't fooled by this area's pastoral locale. Despite its peaceful atmosphere, Ballard County is truly a place where you can live, work, and play all in one spot.

Eager to make a move and call Ballard County home? Let's explore.

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At a Glance

Getting Around

Major roads: US-51, US-60, I-57
Nashville International Airport: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Paducah, KY: 35 minutes
Evansville, IN: 2 hours, 20 minutes


Population: 7,979
Largest city: LaCenter
County seat: Wickliffe
Median home value: $139,900

Communities of Ballard County


As the county seat, Wickliffe is home to nearly 700 residents and boasts plenty of top-rated attractions. If you really want to live like a Wickliffe local, try attending annual Harvest Festival, taking a hike up Fort Jefferson Hill, or support local businesses on Fourth Street.   


LaCenter is the most populous city in all of Ballard County, and it's also where you'll find some of the area's best shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Locals love heading to the Ballard County Farmers Market or hanging out at LaCenter City Park. 


Barlow may be small, but this tiny town is filled with unique opportunities you won't find anywhere else. Centrally located in the heart of Ballard County, Barlow allows residents to take advantage of its network of parks and greenways, pristine lakes, and so much more.

Things to Do in Ballard County

What You'll LOVE in Ballard County

Though it may seem remote, Ballard County offers plenty of unique destinations and communities that truly represent the pinnacle of Kentucky living. Here are a few more perks that come with living in Ballard County.

Shopping & dining

Craving some Kentucky barbecue? Want to shop the day away in a quaint downtown district? Ballard County has you covered. No matter where you go, you'll find plenty of locally owned retailers and restaurants, which means you'll never have to travel far to find some fun.

If you're looking for recommendations, try sampling an old-fashioned burger and milkshake from Bomber Grill and Chill or pick up some custom-designed furniture from Sisters and Friends. Plenty of bigger opportunities (like Kentucky Oaks Mall) await in nearby Paducah.

Parks and recreation

It's easy to get out and enjoy nature when you live in Ballard County. Here, you'll find tons of wide-open space, as well as multiple parks and community centers. If you're looking for the perfect place to hike and enjoy a waterfront view, try heading to Fort Jefferson Hill Park. The nearby Wickliffe Mounds feature historic ruins and an on-site museum. And if you're in the mood for a quick day trip, take a drive to the famous Fort Defiance Park in Cairo, Illinois to see where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet.

Educational opportunities

Children living in the area are served by Ballard County Public Schools, which operates three institutions and a Head Start preschool. In total, the district has an enrollment of around 2,700 and boasts a low student-to-teacher ratio of just 17:1. Thanks to these smaller class sizes, children can work one-on-one with educators and form friendships that last a lifetime.

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