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Located at the crossroads of Interstates 64 and 75, Lexington is known for its bluegrass, horses, history, bourbon, and lively downtown.  It is a significant cultural and economic center. Did you that Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital of the World”?  Did you that Lexington ranks tenth in a list of US most educated cities? Did you that it is consolidated with Fayette County? Did you know that Bluegrass music was born in Lexington? Here are a few facts about Lexington, KY.

Lexington Facts
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Lexington's Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Lexington is located in the heart of the Bluegrass in north Central Kentucky.
  • It is merged with Fayette County.
  • It is the second largest city in Kentucky and sixty-one largest in the US. 
  • It is located at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 64.
  • It is less than 175 miles from five main cities- Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Knoxville, Louisville, and Nashville.
  • The ethnic composition of Lexington includes: White-81.04%, African Amerinca-13.48%, Asian-2.46%, Native American-0.19%, Pacific Islander-0.03%, Other races-1.21%, two or more races-1.58%, Latino or Hispanic-3.29%.

Lexington's History Fast Facts

  • In 1775, European Americans founded Lexington. 
  • In 1782, it was formed by an act of the Virginia General Assembly. 
  • The first man to explore the region was Daniel Boone and he helped in establishing the state’s first forts. 
  • It was one of the wealthiest and largest towns west of Allegheny Mountains by 1820.
  • Several nineteenth century America’s prominent people spend part of the lives in Lexington- Jefferson Davis, US President Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln (US President Lincoln’s wife), and many more. 

Lexington's Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Lexington has a mayor-city council form of government.
  • It is part of the state’s sixth congressional district federally.
  • The city’s unemployment rate is lower as compared to the state and country. 
  • It ranks tenth in a list of US most educated cities with about 39.5% resident holding at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • The city has one of the country’s most stable economies.
  • The city has many fortune 500 companies-IBM, Xerox, Amazon, Lexmark International, and more. 
  • The peanut butter produced here from a JIF Peanut butter plant is more than any other factory in the world. 

Lexington's Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Lexington is nicknamed as “Horse Capital of the World”, “Athens of the West” and “Thoroughbred City”.
  • It is home to 3 main race courses: The Red Mile, Keeneland and Kentucky Horse Park.
  • Bluegrass music was born in Lexington.
  • Rupp Arena, the largest basketball area in the US is in Lexington.
  • It is ranked as one of the world’s 17th cleanest cities by Forbes.
  • The city was the first one to launch a reenactment of “Thriller” video of Michael Jackson.
  • The city has more than 100 parks.
  • 4th July celebrations last for many days rather than just 1 day in Lexington. 
  • The daily newspaper in Lexington is the Lexington Herald-Leader.
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