Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington: The second most populous city in Kentucky. It is located in central Kentucky. Lexington is known for its horse racing, its many colleges and universities, and its many attractions, such as the Kentucky Horse Park and the University of Kentucky.


Lexington is a city located in the county of Fayette in the U.S. state of Kentucky.

Lexington is the second largest city in Kentucky after Louisville. With a population of over 320,000 in the metro area, it serves as the center of the state's Bluegrass Region.

History and Origins

Lexington was founded in 1775 and named after the Revolutionary War’s first battle. It emerged as a commercial and educational hub.

Key facts:

  • Settled in 1775 and named after Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Served as capital of Kentucky from 1780-1792
  • Home to the first university west of the Allegheny Mountains, Transylvania University
  • Center of the thoroughbred horse industry and bourbon production

Economy and Industries

Major sectors include education, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. Top employers are:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Lexington-Fayette government
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County School System
  • Saint Joseph Health System

Attractions and Things to Do

Popular sites include:

  • Historic homes like Ashland and Hunt-Morgan House
  • The Kentucky Horse Park showcasing all things horses
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail tours
  • Rupp Arena sports and entertainment venue
  • The Arboretum with 100 acres of gardens

Lexington offers Southern heritage, horses, bourbon, and urban amenities.

Lexington locator map
Location of Lexington on Kentucky map.

Quick Facts about Lexington

Population : 225,366
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
County : Fayette County
Phone Area Codes : 859
Area : 739.56 km2
Official name : Lexington
Named for : Lexington
Altitude : 978 feet / 298 meters
Capital city : Lexington is capital of Fayette County
Establishment : January 01, 1775 (248 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 03:38:43 (11th December 2023)
Postal code : 40502
Weather : 41℉ Sunny 7-days weather
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LexingtonDowntown image


Lexington is located at 37°59'19"N 84°28'40"W (37.9886900, -84.4777200).

Lexington map


Lexington forecast: Sunny, with a high near 41. West wind around 8 mph. more

Lexington zip code is 40502. County name: Fayette, County fips: 21067

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People born in Lexington (200)

People born in Lexington, including war correspondent, screenwriter Michael Herr, Thoroughbred racehorse Man o' War, composer Zach Brock, .


  • Gene Robinson (Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire) he was born in 29/05/1947
  • Thomas Hunt Morgan (American biologist) he was born in 25/09/1866
  • George W. Dunlap (American politician (1813-1880)) he was born in 22/02/1813
  • Tyson Gay (American track and field sprint athlete) he was born in 09/08/1982
  • Mary Todd Lincoln (wife of Abraham Lincoln and First Lady of the United States (1818-1882)) she was born in 13/12/1818
  • Joyce Compton (American film actress (1907-1997)) she was born in 27/01/1907
  • Kevin Richardson (American singer, member of the Backstreet Boys) he was born in 03/10/1971
  • Tamara McKinney (American alpine skier) she was born in 16/10/1962
  • John C. Breckinridge (Confederate Army general and Vice President of the United States (1821-1875)) he was born in 16/01/1821
  • Jim Varney (American stand-up comedian (1949-2000)) he was born in 15/06/1949
  • Dotsie Bausch (cyclist) she was born in 06/03/1973
  • Carter Harrison (American politician Carter H. Harrison III (1825-1893)) he was born in 15/02/1825
  • Chancellor Miller (actor) he was born in 11/05/1993
  • Brian Littrell (American male singer, member of Backstreet Boys) he was born in 20/02/1975
  • Melissa McBride (American actress) she was born in 23/05/1965
  • Mark W. Izard (American politician (1799-1866)) he was born in 25/12/1799
  • Benjamin Gratz Brown (American politician (1826-1885)) he was born in 28/05/1826
  • Tinashe (American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and former model) she was born in 06/02/1993

Schools in Lexington

College & universities near Lexington, KY

Code Name City ZIP
446242 Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education Lexington (KY) 40517

Stations (2)

Amtrak & bus stations near Lexington, KY

Code Name Address Type
MAY Maysville West Front St & Rosemary Clooney St RAIL
LVL Louisville, Kentucky 720 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. BUS

Post offices near Lexington

Post Office Name City ZIP
Bluegra Post Office Lexington (KY) 40517

Other places with the same name (21)

  • Lexington , Massachusetts town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States with a population of 33,003 people.
  • Lexington , South Carolina town in Lexington County, South Carolina, United States with a population of 22,716 people.
  • Lexington , North Carolina city in and county seat of Davidson County, North Carolina, United States with a population of 19,141 people.
  • Lexington , Nebraska city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States with a population of 10,109 people.
  • Lexington , Tennessee city in Henderson County, Tennessee, United States with a population of 7,866 people.
  • Lexington , Virginia independent city in Virginia, United States with a population of 7,279 people.
  • Lexington , Ohio village in Richland County, Ohio, United States with a population of 5,328 people.
  • Lexington , Missouri city in Lafayette County, Missouri, United States with a population of 4,543 people.
  • Lexington , Indiana unincorporated community in Lexington Township, Scott County, Indiana, United States with a population of 3,533 people.
  • Lexington , Oklahoma city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States with a population of 2,187 people.
  • Lexington , Illinois city in McLean County, Illinois, United States with a population of 2,020 people.
  • Lexington , Kansas human settlement in United States of America with a population of 1,414 people.
  • Lexington , Mississippi city in and county seat of Holmes County, Mississippi, United States with a population of 1,412 people.
  • Lexington , Texas town in Lee County, Texas, United States with a population of 1,256 people.
  • Lexington , Michigan village in Sanilac County, Michigan, United States with a population of 1,118 people.
  • Lexington , New York town of the United States with a population of 767 people.
  • Lexington , Minnesota city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States with a population of 742 people.
  • Lexington , Alabama town in Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States with a population of 711 people.
  • Lexington , Oregon city in Morrow County, Oregon, United States with a population of 240 people.
  • Lexington , Georgia city in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, United States with a population of 230 people.

Other cities in Fayette County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Fayette County , KY.

City Name Population Title
Lexington-Fayette 314,488 The most populous city in Kentucky and the center of the Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area.
Crestwood 5,111 Human settlement in Oldham County, Kentucky, United States of America
Mount Vernon 2,375 City in Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Columbus 150 City in Hickman County, Kentucky, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Lexington distances to largest Kentucky cities