Choosing Where to Live


Western State Hospital is centrally located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, approximately 1.5 hours from Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro. Hopkinsville is about 30 minutes north of Clarksville, TN, and 1.5 hours north of Nashville, TN (which is a large area, and time of drive depends heavily on the starting point in the city).


Interns have multiple options with respect to towns/cities in which to locate, depending on lifestyle preference, tolerance for commute time, and financial considerations. In Kentucky, the smaller and more rural the area, the lower the cost of housing and living in general, though gas prices and commute time must be factored into the equation.


Most interns choose to live in the Hopkinsville area, or in close-by smaller communities such as Cadiz or Pembroke. If you chose to live outside of Hopkinsville, the drive to Western State Hospital is approximately 30 minutes from most adjacent surrounding towns. “Miles from the hospital” can be a tricky metric, as if the miles are down narrow, winding back roads, drive time may be longer than greater distances traveled on main roads.


Interns who prefer larger cities often locate in Clarksville, TN. Clarksville has a variety of options for shopping and dining, and is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Nashville, TN. The average commute time from Clarksville to Hopkinsville is about 35-40 minutes. Oak Grove, KY on the KY-TN border, is a few minutes from Clarksville, and closer to Hopkinsville by 10-15 minutes, depending on where housing is located.


Interns who prefer living in bustling metropolitan areas may choose Nashville, TN. The average drive to Hopkinsville is around 1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic.


Past interns and current staff  believe that the most reasonable places to live while working at Western State Hospital are Hopkinsville or closely located smaller communities, or Madisonville. Oak Grove, KY is also reasonable, with its central access to both Clarksville, TN and Hopkinsville.


The addresses for the hospital is as follows:


Western State Hospital
2400 Russellville Rd.
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Phone #: 270-889-6025