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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Lexington is a city in Kentucky with a population of 315,109. Lexington is in Fayette County and is one of the best places to live in Kentucky. Living in Lexington offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lexington there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lexington and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Lexington are highly rated.
About Lexington...
Population
315,109

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Lexington Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    110.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    9
    6.1
  • Rape
    62
    40.7
  • Robbery
    169.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    647.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,739.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    394.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Lexington

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,013
National
$55,322
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Lexington Reviews

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Lexington is a great city to be apart of! It is a very active city with lots of day & night life activities. Downtown is very safe and there are plenty of options for parking. The variety of food, shopping, and cultural activities are abundant during the day. There are many bars for college students and older adults, activities, and event to attend at night. Overall, even with city traffic and construction, I rate the city 5 out of 5 stars!
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I love Lexington, it's a small, cute city with plenty of things to do. Its the city of horses, bourbon, and the Kentucky Wildcats. I love that its a college town and I love how everyone in the city takes great pride in the University's basketball team! Its a very safe city with very few bad pockets in town. A few things I dislike about the city is the lack of jobs as well as the lack of access to vegan, organic restaurants. I also dislike the lack of public transportation and wish we had more city bikes accessible.
Lexington is a rapidly growing city filled with a diverse population of people. Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats, where sports fans bleed blue all year long! Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of The World. There are several major race courses you can visit, Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, and The Red Mile. The best part about living in Lexington is being able to escape the busy city and be surrounded by gorgeous farmland within minutes. A drive on the outskirts of Lexington is one of the most peaceful and relaxing rides you will ever experience. I would like to see Lexington provide affordable activities for families to be able to enjoy. There are several places for families to take their kids to in Lexington but can be pricey if you are living on a budget. KY Route 4, a heavily commuted highway around Lexington, eliminate the traffic lights to help reduce the amount of traffic during morning and evening commutes.