Lexington is a large city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 314,488 people and 82 constituent neighborhoods, Lexington is the second largest community in Kentucky.
Lexington real estate is some of the most expensive in Kentucky, although Lexington house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lexington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lexington is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lexington who work in office and administrative support (12.77%), sales jobs (10.67%), and management occupations (9.97%).
Also of interest is that Lexington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Lexington is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Lexington have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Lexington is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Lexington, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Lexington is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.
One important feature of Lexington is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.82% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Lexington anyway. So, if you like to drive, Lexington is the city for you! The landscape around Lexington reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.
The citizens of Lexington are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.17% of adults in Lexington have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $30,031, which is wealthy relative to Kentucky, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,124 for a family of four. However, Lexington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lexington is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lexington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lexington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lexington include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Lexington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.