Kentucky is Cheapest Place to Live & Has Ninth Best Food & Drinks
Put this in your corn cob pipe and smoke it: Kentucky kicked ass in a couple of national rankings.
First, business news network CNBC placed the Commonwealth squarely in first place among the cheapest states in which to live. The analysis was based on the Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index, the same data that placed Covington among the cheapest cities in all of America.
Here's whhat the CNBC report had to say about Kentucky:
Colonel Sanders would be so proud: Kentucky is the country's cheapest state to live in. Harland Sanders introduced what became his famous chicken recipe, with a secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, while running a service station in Corbin, Kentucky, in the '30s. Today the KFC empire has more than 18,000 locations in 115 countries. If you want to buy fried chicken yourself, it'll cost only $3.36 for two pieces in Kentucky compared to an average of $3.71 nationally. With prices this low, you can afford the whole bucket.
- 2014 Cost of Living rank: cheapest
- 2014 Cost of Living score 50 (out of 50)
- 2013 Cost of Living rank: 3rd cheapest
- Average home price (Bowling Green Metro): $244,299
- Half gallon of milk: $2.19
- T-bone steak: $9.45
- Monthly energy bill: $171.97
- Doctor visit: $89.17
Meanwhile, the editors at Thrillist compiled a ranking of the states based on food and drink by asking four questions: what's produced there, what iconic items the states are known for, what their alcohol production is like, and what the food scene is like in the state's cities.
Needless to say, with some pretty good fried chicken and even better bourbon, the Bluegrass State finished in the top ten, landing at number nine. Here's what Thrillist had to say:
The whole “all bourbon has to be made in Kentucky” thing is technically a myth, but from a practical standpoint it’s a fact and is certainly true of all the really great bourbon. This also means the folks in Kentucky are quite good at making delicious things with bourbon, like bourbon balls, mint juleps, and Kentucky Derby Pie (like if a pecan pie had a three-way with a chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of Maker’s Mark). But what are you going to do, just spend the rest of your days swilling whiskey and eating dessert? That actually sounds fantastic, but in the interest of diversity Louisville actually has a seriously on-the-rise restaurant and bar scene, and the Southern fried deliciousness there goes well beyond the handiwork of a certain Colonel.
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