Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the county seat of Fayette County. By population, it is the 57th-largest city in the United States, and by land area, is the country's 28th-largest city. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", it is within the state's Bluegrass region. Notable locations in the city include the Kentucky Horse Park, The Red Mile and Keeneland race courses, Rupp Arena, Central Bank Center, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette
Urban County
From top, left to right: Lexington skyline, Rupp Arena/Central Bank Center, Keeneland Race Course, Donamire Farm, Kroger Field, University of Kentucky Arboretum, Old Fayette County Courthouse, NTRA headquarters
Nickname(s): 
Athens of the West,[1] Horse Capital of the World
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°01′47″N 84°29′41″W
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountiesFayette
Established1782[2]
Incorporated1831[2]
Government
  TypeMayor–council
  MayorLinda Gorton
  Urban County Council15-member legislative council
Area
  Consolidated city-county285.54 sq mi (739.54 km2)
  Land283.64 sq mi (734.62 km2)
  Water1.90 sq mi (4.92 km2)
  Urban
87.5 sq mi (226.7 km2)
Elevation
978 ft (298 m)
Population
 (2020)
  Consolidated city-county322,570
  RankUS: 60th
Kentucky: 2nd
  Density1,137.26/sq mi (439.10/km2)
  Urban
312,263
  Metro
517,056 (US: 109th)
  CSA
745,033 (US: 70th)
Demonym(s)Lexingtonian
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
40502–40517, 40522–40524, 40526, 40533, 40536, 40544, 40546, 40550, 40555, 40574–40583, 40588, 40591, 40598
Area code859
AirportBlue Grass Airport
LEX (Regional)
Interstates
U.S. Routes
State Routes
WaterwaysKentucky River
Websitewww.lexingtonky.gov

As of the 2020 census the population was 322,570, anchoring a metropolitan area of 516,811 people and a combined statistical area of 747,919 people. Lexington is consolidated entirely within Fayette County, and vice versa. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor.


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