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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 318,734. 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
318,734

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$180,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$864
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Lexington Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    90.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    74.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    129.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    467.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,381.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    322.8
    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
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    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
$54,918
National
$55,322
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Lexington is an amazing city to visit and live in. Coming from a small town in Kentucky, I’m in love with the small town vibe Lexington has. The people are genuine and the food is fantastic. The only thing is this city pretty much revolves around the enormous campus of University of Kentucky, so traffic can get a little messy. All the rolling land and numerous horse farms around the city, though, makes it one of the most beautiful cities to live in. Lexington is also great for outdoor activities, such as cycling!
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I have lived in Lexington since I was two years old and I have enjoyed every second of it! Lexington has the best of both worlds, with a bustling city center surrounded by countryside just a few miles outside of town. Lexington is also home to lots of fun activities, such as horse racing at Keenland and sports at the University of Kentucky. All in all, I have very few complaints about where I was born and raised!
Lexington is home to some of the best restaurants, historic sites, parks, and the best sports teams :) ! GO CATS! Also what Lexington is best known for, being the horse capital of the world. The Keeneland horse park offers amazing food, like their famous burgoo, and amazing horse races to watch and bet on! Lexington is definitely an easy place to call home!