Lexington

Population

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.

Setting

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

Buildings

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

List of tallest buildings

Stores

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

Trains

Amtrak has no service to Lexington.

Museums

The Lexington History Museum is located downtown.

Downtown Lexington
(Photo by Britt Selvitelle)

Theaters

The Kentucky Theater (1922) has independent films and concerts. The State Theater (1929) has first-run films.

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.

Sports

The Lexington Legends, Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Houston Astros, play at Applebee’s Park (2001), located on the northeast side of Lexington. Rupp Arena (1976) hosts sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington Corporation

Convention and Visitors Bureau