Introduction to Nicholasville, Kentucky

Nicholasville, Kentucky, in Jessamine county, is 9 miles SW of Lexington, Kentucky. The city is considered part of the Lexington metropolitan area. Nicholasville has a population of 19,680.

Nicholasville History

The city of Nicholasville was founded in the year 1798. The city was named for George Nicholas, a Revolutionary War colonel. He was known as the "Father of Kentucky's Constitution". The first charter of Nicholasville was passed in 1812. Initially there was no post office in Nicholasville and mails were carried on horseback from various nearby towns. Benjamin Netherland was appointed as the first post master of the city and held the position from 1801 to 1822.

Nicholasville and nearby Attractions

  • Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate
  • Boone Station State Historic Site
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Constitution Square State Historic Site
  • American Saddlebred Museum

Things To Do In Nicholasville

Once in Nicholasville, you can visit several parks like the Fort Boonesborough State Park and Old Fort Harrod State Park and enjoy the recreational facilities offered by them. A number of museums with interesting collections are also located nearby. These are International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum, and Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Tourists can also visit the Hummel Planetarium.

Nicholasville Transportation

The nearest international airport is Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Nicholasville Higher Education

Students can avail higher education from various educational institutions like University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, and Eastern Kentucky University.


Total Population 28,843
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 12,834
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 52.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,364
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,623


Median Family Income $50,332
% Above Poverty Level 78.4%
% Below Poverty Level 21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 20.3%
Median Gross Rent $789
Median House Value $138,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.7%
Irish 13.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nicholasville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles SW of Lexington, Kentucky
County Jessamine
Metro Area Lexington
Standard Zip Codes 40356
P.O. Box Zip Codes 40340
Phone Area Codes 859
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.88
Longitude -84.573

Nicholasville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DIX DAM
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 43 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burgin 1,238 $44,375
Harrodsburg 8,380 $43,137
Richmond 32,574 $43,330
Versailles 8,985 $55,539
Wilmore 6,057 $48,528

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nicholasville Public Libraries

Jessamine County Public Library
Nicholasville, Kentucky
(859) 885-3523
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Nicholasville High Schools

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Serves 910 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

Serves 893 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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Serves 119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

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