Which Kentucky Cities Are Most Excited For Sports Betting?

Which Kentucky Cities Are Most Excited For Sports Betting?
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The Bluegrass State is just a little more than a month away from launching Kentucky sports betting, and from Paducah to Pikeville and everywhere in between, the buzz across the commonwealth is palpable.

But some places are feeling it a little more than others, and we wanted to find out which Bluegrass State communities were most eager to start placing wagers when Sept. 7 rolls around.

Utilizing Google Trends’ searches of “sports betting” over the last 12 months, BetKentucky.com was able to gather the state’s Top 10 cities where residents searched for sports betting the most. 

Only Kentucky cities in the Top 25 most populated were included, so you won’t find London, Glasgow, Paris or Versailles on this list.

What you will find, though, are cities representing all parts of the state.

Cities With Most Interest in Sports Betting

Rank City Search Interest vs. Other Topics
1 Erlanger 68
2 Burlington 49
T-3 Covington 41
T-3 Shelbyville 41
5 Ashland 37
6 Louisville 33
T-7 Henderson 28
T-7 Mount Washington 28
T-9 Bowling Green 26
T-9 Nicholasville 26
T-9 Radcliff 26

Northern Kentucky Cities Most Interested

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the Northern communities ranked among the highest anxiously awaiting Kentucky sports betting apps. The region is part of the Cincinnati area, and sports betting launched in Ohio in January. In addition, the region is also adjacent to southeastern Indiana, where sports betting has been legal for nearly four years.

Erlanger, the No. 1 Kentucky city, also happens to be the hometown of former state Rep. Adam Koenig, the first lawmaker to pursue legalized sports betting in the state. Burlington is just 15 minutes away from Erlanger, and Covington sits right on the Ohio River across from Cincinnati. Many sports fans will park there or nearby Newport and trek across the river to a Reds or Bengals game.

Louisville, the state’s biggest city, is sixth on the list. Not only is it home to Churchill Downs and the University of Louisville, a college athletics program its fans treat like a major league franchise, but Louisville is also home to Kentucky’s only major professional sports team – Racing Louisville of the National Women’s Soccer League. A couple of Louisville’s bedroom communities, Shelbyville and Mount Washington, earned spots, too.

Henderson is a Western Kentucky city home to Ellis Park and across the Ohio River from Evansville, Ind. Bowling Green is a South Central Kentucky city home to Western Kentucky University and an hour north of Nashville.

Ashland’s another river town. It will soon be home to Sandy’s Racing and Gaming, and residents there have had access to sports betting for years because the town is located across both Ohio and West Virginia.

Nicholasville is a Lexington suburb and home to the Barbasol Championship, Kentucky’s only annual PGA Tour stop. Radcliff, located about 45 minutes southwest of Louisville, is adjacent to Fort Knox, which just so happens to be where the country’s gold vault is located.

Regardless of what town you call home, BetKentucky.com will be your one-stop shop for the latest gaming news and the best Kentucky sports betting promos when they become available.



Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.

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