Lexington, KY
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Lexington is a large city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 318,449 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 (12.57%), sales jobs (10.61%), and management occupations (10.31%).

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 that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on the local Lexington culture, lifestyle and music scene. In fact, Lexington is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. The combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Lexington on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also provides a youthful feel and lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Believe it or not, Lexington is one of the biggest "college towns" in America, generating lift to the economy of the entire region, and issuing forth thousands of newly-minted college students every spring, powering the innovation economy, the arts, and a lively club scene.

Lexington is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Lexington really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Lexington citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Lexington ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Lexington a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

Lexington is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.44% of adults in Lexington have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $30,502, which is wealthy relative to Kentucky, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $122,008 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, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Lexington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.