Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette: The most populous city in Kentucky and the center of the Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area. It is located in central Kentucky. Lexington is known for its horse racing, its bourbon, and its many attractions, such as the Kentucky Horse Park and the University of Kentucky.


Lexington-Fayette is a city located in the county of Fayette in the U.S. state of Kentucky. After 7 years in 2017 city had an estimated population of 314,488 inhabitants.

The city was created 50 years ago in 1973.

Lexington-Fayette is the second largest city in Kentucky with a population of over 314,000 residents. Lexington is the county seat of Fayette County.

Nicknamed the “Horse Capital of the World”, Lexington is located in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass Region. The city has a vibrant downtown with small-town charm.

Top Attractions and Activities

Horse Farms

Lexington has over 400 horse farms nearby. Tour thoroughbred estates like Coolmore and Ashford Stud to see champion racehorses.

Keeneland Race Course

This prestigious race track hosts live racing meets in April and October. Fans can watch morning workouts and place bets.

Kentucky Horse Park

At this leading horse attraction you can tour horse barns, watch shows, take horseback rides, and visit the International Museum of the Horse.


The Lexington area has several bourbon distilleries providing tours and tastings like Town Branch and Four Roses.

University of Kentucky

Catch a Wildcats basketball game at Rupp Arena or visit the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

Planning Your Visit

Peak tourism is during Keeneland's live racing seasons. Comfortable weather lasts from spring through fall.

Downtown has historic hotels and B&Bs. Lodging is plentiful near highways and by the airport.

LexTran buses serve Lexington. Getting around by car is easy with parking garages downtown.

Quick Facts about Lexington-Fayette

Population : 314,488 (2017)
Country : United States of America
State : Kentucky (United States)
County : Fayette County
Has part : Fayette County, Lexington
Altitude : 1,001 feet / 305, 1001 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1974 (50 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 14:03:53 (1st March 2024)


Lexington-Fayette is located at 38°2'59"N 84°27'31"W (38.0498000, -84.4585500).

Lexington-Fayette map


Year Population % Change Method
2006 272,079 - estimation process
2011 295,803 8.02% t1983690593
2017 314,488 5.94% estimation process

Fayette County, Lexington, Lexington-Fayette

Schools in Lexington-Fayette

College & universities near Lexington-Fayette, KY

Code Name City ZIP
156967 Summit Salon Academy-Lexington Lexington (KY) 40505
157818 Transylvania University Lexington (KY) 40508-1797
157085 University of Kentucky Lexington (KY) 40506-0032
157021 American National University-Lexington Lexington (KY) 40509
156392 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington (KY) 40506

Stations (4)

Amtrak & bus stations near Lexington-Fayette, KY

Code Name Address Type
MAY Maysville West Front St & Rosemary Clooney St RAIL
LVL Louisville, Kentucky 720 West Muhammad Ali Blvd. BUS
CIN Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave. RAIL
CIG Cincinnati, OH 1005 Gilbert Avenue BUS

Post offices near Lexington-Fayette

Post Office Name City ZIP
Liberty Road Post Office Lexington (KY) 40505
Post Rider Post Office Lexington (KY) 40507
Henry Clay Post Office Lexington (KY) 40502
Brentwood Carrier Annex Post Office Lexington (KY) 40511
Lexington Post Office Lexington (KY) 40511

Other cities in Fayette County

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

City Name Population Title
Lexington 225,366 The second most populous city in Kentucky.
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-Fayette distances to largest Kentucky cities