At the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky lies the vibrant city of Lexington. Its superb location at the intersection of I-64 and I-75 situates it within a one-day drive from two-thirds of the rest of the country. Merged with Fayette County in 1974, Lexington-Fayette County has a thriving population of over 320,000. With a crime rate below the national average and generally temperate weather, visitors are welcome to procure their own little piece of “the horse capital of the world.”
A trip to the nearby Kentucky Horse Park, Calumet Farm or Keeneland Race Course gives a glimpse of why residents love Lexington’s equine history. Encircling the city are gentle slopes where thoroughbreds graze in brilliant, green paddocks. Stone walls guide nearly 3 million wanderers a year toward a downtown buzzing with a booming food industry, interesting architecture and intoxicating Distillery District.
One unique aspect of living in Lexington is its dynamic and diverse college population. With 15 colleges and universities in the region, anchored by the University of Kentucky at the heart of the city, it is one of the most educated large cities in America. Recently ranking eighth for percentage of population with an advanced degree, Lexington has also become one of the smartest cities in the world.
A relatively low cost of living is bolstered by a diverse housing market. The student population has created a high demand for rentals, while industry attracts new suburban neighborhoods. However, one of the city’s charms is its old, majestic neighborhoods, which reflect its Southern roots.
Recognized nationally as one of the best cities for online businesses and high-tech startups, Lexington attracts entrepreneurs from a variety of sectors. Organizations like The Business and Education Network seek to make the connection between workers and industry. Bridging the gap between education and jobs, Lexington is committed to developing a skilled workforce for the future.
The health care industry is growing statewide for Kentucky and Lexington is a large market. There are several major medical centers, including the UK Medical Center with its own vast system of hospitals, clinics and colleges. People come from all over the state and beyond to receive state-of-the-art medical care.
From the sports enthusiast attending a UK basketball game at Rupp Arena to the bookworm attending a literary event at one of its numerous bookstores, Lexington, Kentucky, is a city on the move. A LexTran public bus, taxi, Uber or Lyft provides transportation to all it has to offer. Ranking high on national lists for best places to live, work and retire, Lexington offers an excellent quality of life. While many come for business, some come for its beauty. Those who stay become its people.