Lexington-Fayette

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Lexington-Fayette

  • Lexington-Fayette is ranked #145 in Kentucky
  • Lexington-Fayette is ranked #5,490 in the USA
  • Lots of Local Amenities
  • Stable Housing Market
  • Low Cost of Living
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75Lexington-Fayette
70Kentucky
67USA

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Not a bad place to live, but far from my favorite

Attractions5/10
Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping8/10
Lexington has some really good qualities, but it also has several things that are borderline intolerable. First the CONS ..... because from my perspective they can change your image of this community far faster than the good. 1. TRAFFIC for a city of 300k is easily one of the worst places ive ever lived. Reason from what ive heard is because all the neighboring horse farms prohibit expansion. It can take easily over an hour on several major roads to get 2 or 3 miles between 7-9am and 3-7 pm. THIS CAN BE INTOLERABLE!!! many of the best neighborhoods Hamburg etc are absolute TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES. Many people live in nearby Jessamine county due to Fayette Co extremely high tax rates and THEY SUFFER ENDLESSLY WITH TRAFFIC. 2. PANHANDLERS AND HOMELESSNESS..... to credit the mayor he's desperately tried to fix this and it has improved some but its still a REAL PROBLEM. I live near UK and you can't walk 20 feet without being approached by several panhandlers. Homelessness is also a huge problem. Its really sad, i go to work early in the morning and daily see numerous people sleeping in the street. Every year people die from sleeping out in the brutal winter temps. The mayor and city council again have tried to help as much as possible, but I think its Kentucky's troublesome drug epidemic that mainly contributes to issue. 3. CRIME..... This has gotten much worse over the years.... When I first moved to Lex, i thought it was pretty safe. I don't feel that way anymore. Certain Neighborhoods like Hamburg and a few others are still really safe though. 4. WEATHER.... The winters are very cold here and even though this is technically the south, the climate feels more like neighboring Ohio or the midwest. IT SNOWS IN APRIL AND FROSTS IN MAY, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN THE SOUTH. 5. LANDLOCKED STATE WITH NOT A LOT TO DO... UK sporting events and horse racing are the local selling points but that gets old really fast. NO BEACH OR MOUNTAINS NEARBY... if you count west virginia as mountains then enjoy them otherwise its pretty lame. Cincy and Louisville are close.... YEAH! ( sarcasm) Nashville is 3 hours though and its fun. NOW THE POSITIVE. 1. Hamburg area of Lex is a really nice place to live with tons of shops and great neighborhoods. The new Summit area is also nice. 2. If you can tolerate the winter, the summer is nice. 3. Kentucky is a pretty place and is very green but as I learned............. Green comes with a serious price of many days of grey skies, rain and near constant gloom. I never realized seasonal affective disorder was a thing but its real and it can be near year round here. 4. BIG POSITIVE... VERY LOW COST OF LIVING. 5. PEOPLE ARE PRETTY FRIENDLY, but after going to many UK sporting events, they can be really nasty as well. I enjoy sports and have been to many venues across the country and rate UK fans as one of the worst ( I rate LSU and 2nd TENNESSEE as the worst but thats a different story) . Of course this isn't everyone, but theres enough bad eggs to make the event non enjoyable.. even if your pulling for UK.. NO CLUE ABOUT SCHOOLS HERE... I HEAR SOME GOOD SOME BAD.. IN SUMMARY, I liked living in Lexington but its not somewhere id want to live forever. The bad just seem to be getting worse but the good are pretty appealing to sort of off set.
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cost of living i am Egyptian doctor, i will live in Lexington for one year. i need to know how can i contract my expenses during this year? what is the average cost of renting a room in a sharing house? how can i rent a room before i come? is there any online website or some thing like that?i want to work at restaurant part time (4 hours) per day, how can …
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Affordable housing options I WAS RECETNLY SCOUTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS IN SOUTH LEXINGTON FOR A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL. I MAY RETIRE INLEXINGTON. I CAME ACROSS A CONDO COMMUNITY CALLED WELLINGTON CHASE JUST OFF OF CLAYS MILL ROAD & JUST SOUTH OF NEW CIRCLE ROAD. CAN ANYONE GIVE ME THEIR OPINION OF THAT SMALL COMPLEX. ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN, SHOPPING, LIBRARIES, ETC. IS IMPORTANT TO ME.
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Source: The Lexington-Fayette, KY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).