Lexington Info

Lexington History

Lexington has a long and important history. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass the city and its citizens have been involved in world affairs politically, economically, and culturally. The history of Lexington dates back more than two centuries and the founding of the town is congruent with the founding of the nation. In 1775 William McConnell and his fellow frontiersman were camped on the outskirts of the current city at what has since become known as McConnell Springs.

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Lexington Economy

With its abundance of government and technology jobs, Lexington has one of the nation's most stable economies. Lexington has been described as having "a fortified economy, strong in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurial support, benefiting from a diverse, balanced business base". The Lexington Metro Area had a July 2008 unemployment rate of only 5.4%. Lexington was named the 4th best city for "Businesses and Careers" in 2011 by Forbes Magazine, the 5th best city for Young Professionals in 2008 and 6th Best Value Cities 2011 by Kiplinger.

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Lexington Entertainment


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Lexington is home to many thriving arts organizations including a professional orchestra, two ballet companies, professional theatre, several museums including a basketball museum, several choral organizations and a highly respected opera program at the University of Kentucky. In addition, there are several events and fairs that draw people from throughout the Bluegrass.

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Lexington Facts & Rankings

Visitors and newcomers arriving into Lexingtons Blue Grass Airport immediately get a taste of Lexingtons signature features, including its gently rolling countryside lined by white, wooden fences, which are home to some of the worlds greatest and most well known Thoroughbred horses. While the city is billed as The Horse Capital of the World and boasts the likes of Keeneland Race Course, The Red Mile, and numerous horse farms, it is also known for a diverse economy, a strong workforce, a quality education system, great healthcare, a wide range of higher education options, and of course“ big-time college basketball.

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Lexington Realtor & Mortgage

As a resident in our program, owning a home in Lexington is not only a dream, but a reality. Lexington is a true housing bargain.

Resources for New Buyers/Renters:

  • Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors 
(Search available properties and realtors, find information on the home buying process)
  • Commerce Lexington 
(Provides a listing of housing and apartment resources)

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Lexington Schools

Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky named # 2 out of 100 cities for "Best Cities for Education" by parenting magazine.
With its excellent pupil/teacher ratio (13.8:1) and high reading scores, Lexington, is a city with education as a top priority.

  • Education rank: 2
  • High School graduation rate 2008: 81%
  • Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 4
  • Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.42
  • NEAYC-accredited preschools: 9
  • NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.19
  • NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267
  • Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.8
  • Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,770

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Lexington Climate

Lexington, KY Weather Facts
  • The average warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 108°F in 1936.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -21°F in 1963.
  • May is the average wettest month.
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