One of the smartest, most affordable, job friendly, entrepreneurial, most inspiring, and innovative places in America.
A Day's Drive
Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75 in Fayette County, Kentucky. (See map. ) Lexington is accessible by air with approximately 100 direct and nonstop flights. Nestled among world famous Thoroughbred horse farms, Blue Grass Airport (LEX) welcomes travelers with one of the most beautiful air approaches in the nation.
The Horse Capital
When you are in the Horse Capital of the World, stop by our downtown Visitors Center, 215 West Main Street in Lexington’s historic former County Courthouse. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open Sunday from noon till 5 p.m. in the summer.) Speak with a Visitor Information Specialist, browse informative brochures and maps, learn about the Bluegrass Region on interactive screens, send a digital postcard, and sniff some Bourbon.
When European settlers arrived on the scene, the Bluegrass region was in use as a hunting ground by numerous Native American tribes. Daniel Boone was one of the first Anglo-Saxons to explore the area. He helped establish Kentucky’s first forts in Harrodsburg and Boonesborough.
Lexington was founded in 1775, seventeen years before Kentucky became a state. William McConnell and a group of frontier explorers were camped at a natural spring when word came from nearby Fort Boonesborough that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their site “Lexington”. By 1820, Lexington, Kentucky, was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. So cultured was its lifestyle, our city soon gained the nickname “Athens of the West.”
Major Area Employers Include:
Clark Material Handling Company
General Electric Company
J M Smuckers (Jif Peanut Butter )
Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company
Long John Silver’s
Square D Company
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc.
The Trane Company
United Parcel Service
University of Kentucky
The Valvoline Company
Universities/Colleges in Lexington and the Region
Asbury Theological Seminary
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Eastern Kentucky University
Kentucky State University
Lexington Theological Seminary
National College of Business and Technology
University of Kentucky
Lexington and the Bluegrass Region Have Four Distinct Seasons
The mean average temperature in Lexington is 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual precipitation is 45.68 inches. Lexington and the Bluegrass Region have four distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow.
Average minimum and maximum temperatures:
Spring:34-74 degrees FSummer:61-86 degrees FFall:36-79 degrees FWinter:23-54 degrees F