Lexington, KY
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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.

Lexington is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Lexington is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 0.82% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Lexington. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Lexington landscape.

The education level of Lexington ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Lexington, 41.17% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.