Home to 250,000 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 games, and Lexington Legends baseball, and Lexington Horsemen arena football games. With all these opportunities, it is not hard to believe Lexington ranks 15th in America’s Best Places to Live and Work in Employment Review’s latest annual survey.
Other interesting facts:
- 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 is accessible by air with approximately 100 direct and nonstop flights.
October to April: Eastern Standard Time
April to October: Eastern Daylight Savings Time
The mean average temperature in Lexington is 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual precipitation is 45.68 inches. Lexington and the Bluegrass have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no 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.
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. Crimes reported in 2004 were the lowest in 30 years. A survey released in 2005 by Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranked Lexington as one of the five safest cities in the United States.
More information about Lexington can be found here (link to http://www.visitlex.com/)