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About Lexington

Home to 300,000 residents, Lexington is a bustling and rapidly growing city in the heart of the bluegrass region. Residents enjoy the urban conveniences of business, industry, retail and dining, while miles of winding roads, picturesque horse farms and white-planked fences are just minutes away.

Cultural and historical attractions include the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Ballet Theatre of Lexington and Ashland, Henry Clay’s estate. Sports enthusiasts enjoy the thrills of horseracing at Keeneland, UK home football and basketball games and Lexington Legends baseball. With all these opportunities, it is not hard to believe Lexington is listed in the 100 Best Communities For Young People (America’s Promise Alliance).

Central location

Within a day’s drive of 75% of the population of the United States, Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75. Lexington's Blue Grass Airport offers several direct and connecting flights.

Climate/seasonal planning

The average temperature in Lexington is 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual precipitation is 45.68 inches. Lexington and its surrounding areas have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer and few prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind or snow.

Average minimum and maximum temperatures:

Spring: 34-74 degrees F
Summer: 61-86 degrees F
Fall: 36-79 degrees F
Winter: 23-54 degrees F

Cost of living

Lexington remains a reasonable place to live with a cost of living index below the national average. Use the following links to compare the cost of living in Lexington to other cities.

Outdoor recreation

More than 3,000 acres in Fayette County are designated as park facilities. The four largest are Jacobson Park, Masterson Station Park, Shillito Park and Woodland Park. The area also offers 15 public and semi-private golf courses, including the Pete Dye-designed, championship-caliber Kearney Hill Links. Horseback riding is available at the Kentucky Horse Park and a number of area stables.


Lexington’s crime consistently ranks below the national average. In addition to foot and car patrols, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department operates two highly visible units that have proven to be effective crime deterrents. The Lexington Mounted Police Unit and Mountain Bike Unit patrol the downtown area on horseback and bicycles to help assure community safety. 

More information about Lexington can be found here: http://www.visitlex.com.