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Fayette County, Kentucky


"The Heart of the Bluegrass"
"The Horse Capital of the World"

Page Contents for Lexington, Kentucky

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate


History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Kentucky state capital is Frankfort.
The population of Lexington is approximately 235,256 (1995).
The amount of land area in Lexington is 280 sq. miles.
Lexington per capita income is $ 20,165 (1994).
Lexington average annual precipitation is 45.68 inches peryear.
The average low temperature is 54.9 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 23-54 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 34-74 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 61-86 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 36-79 degrees F.


in north-central Kentucky, not far from Frankfort. It is at the intersection of three highways - I-64 and US 60, running west to Frankfort and US 68, which runs northeast to Paris. Lexington is 78 miles east of Louisville.
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gently rolling plateau in the center of the Bluegrass Region.
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four seasons with no long-term inclement weather during the year.
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enjoyable! Here is a Weather page for Lexington.
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History & History Related Items

Lexington is rich in history. Before the Civil war the major crop was hemp, which was used to make the rope for the riggings of ships. Sailing vessels dwindled after the advent of steam power. Once the Civil War was over, most farmers switched their yields to tobacco as the major crop. Buyers are still attracted to Lexington for the largest loose-leaf tobacco market in the world. Another of Lexington's chief industries is that of Bluegrass seed and barley. Though Lexington has kept pace with manufacturing and industry in all fields, it has retained its wonderful Southern heritage. Georgian homes, vast estates and horse farms are seen all over the area. Horses are an important "crop" in Lexington. Thoroughbreds were first brought to Kentucky from Virginia. The first races were held here in 1787. Only 10 years later, the Lexington Jockey Club was organized. Not only Thoroughbreds, but also Standardbred, American Saddle horses and show champions are bred here.
One of Lexington's favorite sons is John C. Breckenridge. A state at the Fayette County courthouse honors this member of the Kentucky Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. He is also remembered was the youngest vice president of the United States.
Lexington is the geographic and commercial center of the "Bluegrass Country". This is an area of over 1,600 square miles in north-central Kentucky. Farmlands with green pastures abound. The slender-bladed bluegrasss takes on its characteristic bluish color during its late-May blooming season. However, because the fields are either mowed or grazed, the true blue color is rarely seen.
In its early days, Lexington was known as the "Athens of the West" because of its dedication to the arts and culture.
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Greater Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau
301 E. Vine St.
Lexington, KY 40507
Toll-Free: (800) 845-3959
Phone: (606) 233-7299
Group Info: (800) 848-1224 or (606) 233-1221

See other Lexington attractions

The Lexington Herald-Leader presents Kentucky Connect

Take a Virtual Tour of Lexington

Lexington Sister Cities
Deauville, France, County Kildare, Ireland, and Shizunai, Japan
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Economy & Industry

stable. The University of Kentucky is Lexington's largest employer, with more than 10,000 employees.
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Lexington City Government

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
On January 1, 1974 Lexington became the first Kentucky community to consolidate city and county governments into a single system. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government consists of the Mayor's Office and the Office of Administrative Services, the Urban County Council, and the Departments of the Urban County Government, including the Departments of Finance, General Services, Housing, Law, Public Safety, Public Works, and Social Services. For details, see the government website above.

Lexington Chamber

Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce
330 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40587-0781
Phone: (606) 254-4447
Fax: (606) 233-3304

Lexington Community News

Book to download!
I thought you might be interested to know that James Lane Allen's "The Choir Invisible" is available for free download on the internet at This is part of Project Gutenberg, a non-profit, volunteer organization which puts books whose copyrights have expired out on the internet for free download.

Lexington Organizations

Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce
330 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40587-0781
Phone: (606) 254-4447
Fax: (606) 233-3304

Lexington Libraries

Lexington Public Library

Lexington Schools

Transylvania University - Since 1780!
Guided tours of the campus and other facilities and colleges may be arranged.
Please call (606) 233-8120 for information and reservations.
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: (606) 233-8300

The University of Kentucky
Corner of Lexington and Euclid in Lexington
Call for guided walking or bus tours
Phone: (606) 257-3595

Fayette County Schools Lexington


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