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Lexington, Kentucky Education and City Information

Lexington, Kentucky, is known as the Horse Capital of the World. The city is home to two universities, a community college and several specialty schools. Find out about Lexington's demographics, economy and educational opportunities below.

About Lexington, KY

Two major interstates intersect in Lexington, which is located in the Bluegrass Region and surrounded by Thoroughbred horse farms. The population of Lexington is 310,797, as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates, of which nearly 76% are white, 7% are Hispanic, 14.5% are African American and 3% are Asian. The median household income was $48,667, based on 2010-2014 census data.

Visitors and residents can visit Kentucky Horse Park to watch horse demonstrations and shows or check out a race at Keeneland Race Course. Several companies in the area also offer tours of horse farms. The African American Heritage Trail is found here and leads visitors to numerous historical areas of the city, or you can visit a restored Shaker village, a battlefield, museums and historic homes. Daniel Boone's grave is also found in Lexington. Art galleries, golf courses, antiques shops and modern shopping venues are all available in the city.

Educational Opportunities

Lexington has about 12 specialty and career schools, colleges and universities. University of Kentucky is located here and enrolls around 29,000 students. This public university was named the 62nd best public school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. It is also home to several high-ranking graduate programs and schools, including a law school (60th), pharmacy school (6th) and public affairs school (25th), according to rankings from U.S. News.

Transylvania University is a private, non-profit school in the city that enrolls around 1,000 students. A Christian-affiliated university, it is ranked 82nd among liberal arts colleges in the nation, as of 2016 U.S. News rankings.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has certificate and associate's degree programs for around 11,000 students. Residents can also find Lexington Theological Seminary in the city.

Economy and Industry Info

Along with its traditional horse industry, Lexington is also home to several large employers, including GTE Products Corporation, General Electric Company, Lexmark International and Square D. Several organizations, like the Association of Retail Travel Agents, have their headquarters in this city.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of February 2016, the Lexington area's highest employed sector was government with 51,000 jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities had about 49,000 jobs, while professional and business services had nearly 39,000 jobs.


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