2010: 295,803, #63 in U.S., #2 in Kentucky

1950: 55,534, #209 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 472,099, #106 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 100,746, #147 in U.S.

The city of Lexington was consolidated with Fayette County in 1974.


Lexington was established in 1779 in what was then Virginia. The University of Kentucky is just south of downtown.


Tallest building: Lexington Financial Center (1987), 410 feet

List of tallest buildings


Lexington has no downtown department stores. The Shops at Lexington Center are connected to the Lexington Convention Center.


Amtrak has no service to Lexington.


The Lexington History Museum is located downtown.

Downtown Lexington
(Photo by Britt Selvitelle)


The Kentucky Theater (1922) and State Theater (1929) have films and concerts.

The Lexington Philharmonic plays at the Singletary Center for the Arts (1979) on the University of Kentucky campus. The Lexington Opera House (1886, renovated 1976) hosts concerts and touring Broadway shows.


The Lexington Legends, Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, play at Whitaker Bank Ballpark (2001), located on the northeast side of Lexington. Rupp Arena (1976) hosts sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington Partnership

Convention and Visitors Bureau