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Overview

Introduction to Lexington Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky is the second-largest city in Kentucky next to Louisville, and is located in the heart of the Bluegrass region. Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World," since it is home to the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland race course and the Red Mile race course. The area is noted for its beautiful fertile soil; bluegrass (known as poa pratensis) is plentiful in the limestone rich soils. As a result, the city has an amazing natural beauty and excellent pastures with wonderful horse and stock farms. Numerous small creeks rise and flow into the Kentucky River. Since one of the biggest industries in Lexington is tourism, there are strict zoning regulations to protect the fertile farmlands. Lexington is a fine city for education. There are three public universities and five private colleges. The University of Kentucky is known for its diverse range of courses, including its cooperative extension service for Agricultural Studies, and its Department of Medicine. In addition, Lexington is a huge center of corporations, including two Fortune 500 companies. Amazon.com, Lexmark and Toyota are just a few of the major corporations located in this area. And, for peanut butter fans, Lexington's JIF peanut butter plant produces more peanut butter than any factory in the world!

The history of Lexington Kentucky is an interesting one. Lexington was founded in June 1775 in Virginia, seventeen years before Kentucky became a state. Daniel Boone was one of the first white men to explore the area and helped establish Kentucky's first forts. William McConnell, a leader of a group of frontiersmen, stopped at a campsite at what is now known as McConnell Springs, on the middle fork of Elkhorn Creek. Lexington was actually named after Lexington Massachusetts because the group was so inspired by the colonists' victory in the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. A blockhouse was built, cabins and houses soon followed.

The town of Lexington was established on May 6, 1782, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly. By 1820, Kentucky was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains, and was named the "Athens of the West" because of its culture and rich lifestyle. John Wesley Hunt, an entrepreneur, became the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies. Also because of its wealth, Lexington had the highest number of slaves in the state. By 1850, so many slaves were being used as laborers, field hands and domestic servants in Kentucky that one fifth of the state's population were slaves. In spite of that, the state attempted to remain neutral during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, spent time in Lexington and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln was born and raised in Lexington. In addition, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was also born in Kentucky (less than one year and 100 miles apart from Lincoln), and attended Transylvania University in 1823 and 1824.

Lexington Points of Interest

Lexington is known for its gentle rolling hills, lush scenery, strong economy and diverse workforce, but most of all for its beautiful thoroughbred horses. The Kentucky Derby is held in Louisville, but Lexington is where the thoroughbred horses are bred, foaled, trained, bought, sold, raced and retired. It is also where the Derby Eve parties are held. There are many horse farms to tour and explore. The Kentucky horse park is a 1,200-acre farm complex which includes a museum with films and interactive exhibits. It is actually a working farm which offers tours and includes a daily parade of breeds. You can also take a horse drawn carriage tour or saddle up yourself. Families can watch the thoroughbreds train at the Thoroughbred Center or visit past Kentucky Derby winners at private tours of the many horse farms in the area. Lexington has been selected to be the site of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

In addition, Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats, a basketball team that has made its mark as a leader in the nation. This team has the distinction of winning more games than any other team in college basketball history. In March of 2007, Lexington hosted the NCAA basketball tournament and attracted thousands of visitors throughout the country. The Kentucky Basketball Academy, located in Lexington, is one of the largest and most important sports facilities in the country, boasting five regulation basketball and volleyball courts. It is the home of all the AAU State Tournaments and provides basketball camps, leagues and tournaments for all ages. Lexington is proud of its basketball heritage and it continues to entertain the region with award winning games and top notch players in its premier facilities. Even the area code of Lexington (859) spells out UKY, University of Kentucky

Lexington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fayette County
Standard Zip Codes40502, 40503, 40504, 40505, 40507, 40508, 40509, 40510, 40511, 40513, 40514, 40515, 40516, 40517
P.O. Box Zip Codes40512, 40522, 40523, 40524, 40533, 40544, 40555, 40574, 40575, 40576, 40577, 40578, 40579, 40580, 40581, 40582, 40583, 40588, 40591
Company Zip Codes40506, 40526, 40536, 40546, 40550, 40598
Phone Area Codes859, 502
Time ZoneAmerica/Kentucky/Louisville
Approximate Latitude38.01
Approximate Longitude-84.48

Lexington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLEXINGTON BLUE GRASS AP
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp24 to 40 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp46 to 67 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
StationEASTERN KENTUCKY UNIV
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip46.3 inches
StationDIX DAM
Distance18.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 43 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp47 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Georgetown31,708$69,688
Midway1,681$69,375
Nicholasville29,249$49,814
Versailles9,091$49,040
Wilmore6,181$57,000
Winchester18,395$50,745

Lexington Public Libraries

Lexington Public Library
140 EAST MAIN STREET
Lexington, Kentucky
(859) 231-5500

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Lexington Hospitals

Saint Joseph East
(Non-profit)
150 N Eagle Creek Drive
(859) 268-3750
University Of Ky Hospital
(Government - State)
800 Rose Street
(859) 232-5445
Va Medical Center - Leestown Division
(Government - Federal)
2250 Leestown Rd
Eastern State Hospital
(Government - State)
627 West Fourth Street
(859) 246-7265
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
(Non-profit)
2050 Versailles Road
(859) 254-5701
Central Baptist Hospital
(Non-profit)
1740 Nicholasville Road
(859) 260-6100
Uk Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital
(Government - State)
310 South Limestone Street
(859) 257-6467
Va Medical Center - Cooper Division
(Government - Federal)
1101 Veterans Dr
Shriners Hospital For Children
(Non-profit)
1900 Richmond Rd
(859) 266-2101
Ridge Behavioral Health System
(Proprietary)
3050 Rio Dosa Drive
(859) 269-2325
Saint Joseph Hospital
(Non-profit)
One St Joseph Drive
(859) 278-3436

Lexington Public Schools

Able
701 E. Main St.
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 10
Homebound Secondary
701 E Main St
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-4100
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Julius Marks Elementary School
3277 Pepperhill Rd
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3470
Primary
Total Enrollment 669
Henry Clay High School
2100 Fontaine Rd
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3423
High
Total Enrollment 2373
Homebound Elementary
701 E Main St
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-4100
Ashland Elementary School
195 N Ashland Ave
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3243
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Fayette Pre-school
701 E Main St
ZIP: 40502
(859) 222-3333
Primary
Total Enrollment 46
Cassidy Elementary School
1125 Tates Creek Road
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3018
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Madeline M Breckinridge Elem School
2101 St. Mathilda Dr.
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3273
Primary
Total Enrollment 698
Glendover Elementary School
710 Glendover Rd
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3403
Primary
Total Enrollment 666
Morton Middle School
1225 Tates Creek Pk
ZIP: 40502
(859) 381-3533
Middle
Total Enrollment 738
Lafayette High School
401 Reed Ln
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3474
High
Total Enrollment 2070
Stonewall Elementary School
3215 Cornwall Dr
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3079
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Jessie M Clark Middle School
3341 Clays Mill Rd
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3036
Middle
Total Enrollment 933
Pilot View Elementary School
2319 Clays Mill Rd
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3355
Wellington Elementary
3280 Keithshire Way
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3000
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
Clays Mill Elementary School
2319 Clays Mill Rd
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3355
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Fayette County Preschool
165 Springhill Dr
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-4105
Primary
Total Enrollment 84
Scapa At Bluegrass
400 Lafayette Pkwy
ZIP: 40503
(859) 381-3332
Middle
Total Enrollment 276
Garden Springs Elementary School
2151 Garden Springs Dr
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-3388
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Beaumont Middle School
2080 Georgian Way
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-3094
Middle
Total Enrollment 1140
Cardinal Valley Elementary School
218 Mandalay Rd
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-3340
Primary
Total Enrollment 697
Lexington Day Treatment
701 E Main St
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-4100
Other
Total Enrollment 42
Family Care Center
1135 Red Mile Pl
ZIP: 40504
(859) 218-2273
High
Total Enrollment 42
Picadome Elementary School
1642 Harrodsburg Rd
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-3563
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
James Lane Allen Elementary School
1901 Appomattox Dr
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-3456
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
Southside Technical Center
1800 Harrodsburg Rd
ZIP: 40504
(859) 381-3603
Yates Elementary School
695 E New Circle Rd
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3613
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
Arlington Elementary School
122 Arceme Avenue
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3030
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Mary Todd Elementary School
551 Parkside Dr
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3512
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Northern Elementary School
340 Rookwood Pkwy
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3541
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Dixie Elementary Magnet School
1940 Eastland Pkwy
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3116
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Martin L King Acad For Excellence Alt
2200 Liberty Rd
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-4040
High
Total Enrollment 221
Crawford Middle School
1813 Charleston Dr
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3370
Middle
Total Enrollment 449
Carter G. Woodson Academy
1813 Charleston Drive
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3370
Other
Total Enrollment 162
Liberty Elementary
2585 Liberty Rd
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-4979
Primary
Total Enrollment 810
Deep Springs Elementary School
1919 Brynell Drive
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3069
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Bryan Station High School
201 Eastin Rd
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3308
High
Total Enrollment 1782
Bryan Station Middle School
1865 Wickland Dr
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3288
Middle
Total Enrollment 619
Eastside Technical Center
2208 Liberty Rd
ZIP: 40505
(859) 381-3740
Uk Early Childhood Lab
Room 12 Erikson Hall
ZIP: 40506
(859) 257-7732
Primary
Total Enrollment 15
Harrison Elementary School
161 Bruce St
ZIP: 40507
(859) 381-3418
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Lexington Trad Magnet School
350 N Limestone St
ZIP: 40508
(859) 381-3192
Middle
Total Enrollment 590
Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elem School
301 Woodland Ave
ZIP: 40508
(859) 381-3516
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Steam Academy
123 East 6 Street
ZIP: 40508
(859) 381-3033
Other
Total Enrollment 236
Florence Crittenton School
519 W Fourth St
ZIP: 40508
(859) 252-8636
Booker T Washington Primary Academy
707 Howard St
ZIP: 40508
(859) 381-3263
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
William Wells Brown Elementary
555 E 5th St
ZIP: 40508
(859) 381-4990
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Athens-chilesburg Elementary
930 Jouett Creek Dr
ZIP: 40509
(859) 381-4955
Primary
Total Enrollment 745
Martin Luther King Credit Recovery
2200 Liberty Rd
ZIP: 40509
(859) 381-4040
Ridge Hospital Alt. Elementary
3050 Rio Dosa Dr
ZIP: 40509
(859) 269-2325
Primary
Total Enrollment 3
Hayes Pre-school
260 Richardson Place
ZIP: 40509
(859) 381-4920
Edythe Jones Hayes Middle School
260 Richardson Place
ZIP: 40509
(859) 381-4920
Middle
Total Enrollment 1095
Ridge Hospital Alt. High School
3050 Rio Dosa Dr
ZIP: 40509
(859) 269-2325
High
Total Enrollment 28
Kentucky Tech - Central Campus
104 Vo-tech Road
ZIP: 40510
(859) 246-2400
Sandersville Elementary
3025 Sandersville Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-4980
Primary
Total Enrollment 750
Blackburn Education Center
3111 Spurr Road
ZIP: 40511
(859) 246-2366
The Stables
4089 Iron Works Pike
ZIP: 40511
(859) 333-5827
High
Total Enrollment 49
Fayette Regional Juvenile Det Ctr
3475 Spurr Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 246-2806
High
Total Enrollment 50
Fayette County Learning Center
2420 Spurr Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-0597
High
Total Enrollment 159
Leestown Middle School
2010 Leestown Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-3181
Middle
Total Enrollment 762
Locust Trace Agriscience Farm
238 Locust Trace Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-3990
Russell Cave Elementary School
3375 Russell Cave Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-3571
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Winburn Middle School
1060 Winburn Dr
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-3967
Middle
Total Enrollment 608
Opportunity Middle College
701 E Main St
ZIP: 40511
(859) 246-6379
High
Total Enrollment 97
Central Ky Technical College
308 Vo-tech Road
ZIP: 40511
(859) 246-2400
Booker T Washington Intermediate Academy
475 Price Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-3263
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Meadowthorpe Elementary School
1710 N. Forbes Rd
ZIP: 40511
(859) 381-3521
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
1600 Man O' War Blvd
ZIP: 40513
(859) 381-3546
High
Total Enrollment 2168
Rosa Parks Elementary School
1251 Beaumont Centre Lane
ZIP: 40513
(859) 381-3132
Primary
Total Enrollment 724
Veterans Park Elementary School
4351 Clearwater Way
ZIP: 40515
(859) 381-3161
Primary
Total Enrollment 631
Squires Elementary School
3337 Squire Oak Dr.
ZIP: 40515
(859) 381-3002
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Tates Creek Middle School
1105 Centre Pkwy
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3052
Middle
Total Enrollment 976
Lansdowne Elementary School
336 Redding Rd
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 718
Southern Middle School
400 Wilson-downing Rd
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3582
Middle
Total Enrollment 626
Tates Creek Elementary School
1113 Centre Pkwy
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3606
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
Tates Creek High School
1111 Centre Pkwy
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3620
High
Total Enrollment 1787
Southern Elementary School
340 Wilson Downing Rd
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3589
Primary
Total Enrollment 644
Millcreek Elementary School
1212 Reva Ridge Way
ZIP: 40517
(859) 381-3527
Primary
Total Enrollment 513

Lexington Private Schools

Christ The King School
412 Cochran Rd
ZIP: 40502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 452
The Centenary School
2800 Tates Creek Rd
ZIP: 40502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Community Montessori School
166 Crestwood Dr
ZIP: 40503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 192
Lexington Christian Academy
450 W Reynolds Rd
ZIP: 40503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1455
Lexington Catholic High School
2250 Clays Mill Rd
ZIP: 40503
Secondary
Total Enrollment 807
Summit Christian Academy
2780 Clays Mill Rd
ZIP: 40503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
Mary Queen Of The Holy Rosary School
605 Hill N Dale Rd
ZIP: 40503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 351
Montessori Middle School Of Kentucky
725 Stone Rd
ZIP: 40503
Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
Clays Mill Road Christian Academy
3000 Clays Mill Rd
ZIP: 40503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 99
Lexington Montessori School
319 S Broadway Park
ZIP: 40504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Lexington Junior Academy
968 Lane Allen Rd
ZIP: 40504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Sayre School
194 N Limestone
ZIP: 40507
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 483
Ss Peter & Paul School
133 Barr St
ZIP: 40507
Elementary
Total Enrollment 356
Providence Montessori School
1209 Texaco Rd
ZIP: 40508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 153
Good Shepherd Day School
544 Sayre Ave
ZIP: 40508
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Montessori High School Of Kentucky
472 Rose St
ZIP: 40508
Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
Porter Memorial Baptist Preschool
4300 Nicholasville Rd
ZIP: 40515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
Lexington Universal Academy
4580 Nicholasville Rd
ZIP: 40515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Trinity Christian Academy
3900 Rapid Run Dr
ZIP: 40515
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 316
Seton Catholic School
1740 Summerhill Dr
ZIP: 40515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 361
Walnut Hill Day School
575 Walnut Hill Rd
ZIP: 40515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Blue Grass Baptist School
3743 Red River Dr
ZIP: 40517
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 166
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