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Lexington, KY

Lexington is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
318,734
Lexington Population7
$
44,553
Median Income6
5.6
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Since 2010, the population of Lexington has grown 71% faster than the national average, partially driven by the segment of the population that is 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 51%

Age

34.4
Median Age7
10.7
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Lexington residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 2.2% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 10.1%

Race

84.8
%
Kentucky Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Lexington can be humid with frequent rainfall. The average humidity is 70% and there is an average of 133 days per year where there is at least some rain

Weather

36
%
Chance of Rain11
55
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature39

 

Housing

The average home value in Lexington increased by 28% since 2010 which is 14% lower than the national average and 3% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,250
Monthly Average12
46
%
Renters40

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Lexington is a very high tax location with sales tax 13% lower than the national average and property tax 23% lower than the national average, but income tax 120% higher than the national average.

Other

0.86
%
Property Tax20
6.0
%
Sales Tax10
1.45
%
Vehicle Tax20

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)41

 

Employment

Lexington has an average employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Lexmark International and Tempur Sealy International

Income

18.3
%
<$25,0006
12.8
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Lexington is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results43

Representatives

Mayor27 Linda Gorton
Republican
House of Representative27 Andy Barr
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, is 36.6 miles from the center of Lexington, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Lexington VA Health Care System - Franklin R. Sousley Campus, is 9.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, is 6.1 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical28 CBD Oil Only
Decriminalized28 No
 

Safety

In Kentucky, 52.5% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 55.3% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks29
No
Permit to Purchase Law29

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#35 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche30
#93 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report31
#93 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche32
#24 2020 Best Cities for Families by U.S. News & World Report33
#35 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche34
#29 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report35
 

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