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About Lexington KY

Getting Here
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.

Downtown Lexington SkylineGetting Around
The city is set up like a wheel with spokes, with main arterial roads running from downtown out into horse country. Major car rental companies have desks at the airport and branches around town. Public bus service is provided by LexTran. Visitors also have access to taxi companies, Uber and Lyft. A great way to see horse country is with a van tour company. Click here for more about transportation options.  

See this link for a street map of the central downtown district in PDF format,

Visitor Information 
When you are in the Horse Capital of the World, stop by our downtown Visitor Center, 401 West Main Street, in The Square. Look for the awning with our famous blue horse, Big Lex. 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, watch videos about the Bluegrass Region on interactive screens and check out our Bourbon still and other memorabilia.

Brief History
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."

Geography
Fayette County consists of 283 square miles of gently rolling plateau in the center of the inner Bluegrass Region. The area is noted for its beauty, fertile soil, excellent pastureland and horse and stock farms. Poa Pratensis (bluegrass) thrives on the limestone beneath the soil's surface, playing a major role in the area's scenic beauty and in the development of champion horses. Numerous small creeks rise and flow into the Kentucky River.

Population
The U.S. Census estimate for Lexington-Fayette County is 310,797 (2014). The estimated population of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which is comprised of Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford counties, is 494,189.

Places of Worship
There are over 230 churches and synagogues in Lexington, representing 38 denominations as well as mosques and a Hindu temple. Call the Lexington Visitors Center if you are having trouble locating a specific house of worship.

Media
The Lexington Herald-Leader is our daily morning newspaper.

Commercial television stations: 
WLEX-TV (Channel 18-NBC affiliate) (859) 259-1818 
WKYT-TV (Channel 27-CBS affiliate) (859) 299-0411 
WTVQ-TV (Channel 36-ABC affiliate) (859) 294-3636 
WDKY-TV (Channel 56-FOX affiliate) (859) 269-5656

Public television (PBS affiliate): 
KET (Channel 46-Kentucky Educational Television) (859)258-7000

Local Radio
El Pulso 95.7FM (859) 721-5688
WLAP AM 630 (859) 422-1000
WUKY FM 91.3 (859) 257-3221
WVLK  AM 590 (859) 253-5900
WLXU 93.9FM (859) 721-5688

Liquor Laws 
Minimum drinking age is 21. Alcoholic beverages may be sold in licensed bars and restaurants from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. Sunday to 2:30 a.m. Monday. Package stores may open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Smoking is not allowed inside public buildings, including restaurants.

Time Zone
November to March: Eastern Standard Time 
March to November: Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Climate/Seasonal Planning
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 F
Summer: 61-86 degrees F
Fall: 36-79 degrees F
Winter: 23-54 degrees F

Safety
Lexington's crime consistently ranks below the national average. In addition to foot and car patrols, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department operates two highly visible units that have proven to be effective crime deterrents. The Lexington Mounted Police Unit and Mountain Bike Unit patrol the downtown area on horseback and bicycles to help assure community safety.

Corporations/Industry in Lexington
Traditional products of the area include horses, bourbon, tobacco and handcrafts, but an increasing diversity of products and services contributes to a healthy economy. Major employers in the Lexington area include:

I Horse LexAshland Inc. 
Clark Material Handling Company 
General Electric Company 
J M Smuckers (Jif Peanut Butter )
Johnson Controls 
Lexmark International 
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
Xerox

The Council of State Governments, the National Tour Association and the Association of Retail Travel Agents are national organizations that are headquartered in Lexington. Also, The National Horse Center at the Kentucky Horse Park is the national headquarters for more than 30 equine associations.

Universities/Colleges in Lexington and the Region 
Asbury University 
Asbury Theological Seminary 
Berea College
Bluegrass Community and Technical College 
Centre College 
Eastern Kentucky University 
Georgetown College 
Kentucky State University 
Lexington Theological Seminary 
National College of Business and Technology 
Midway College 
Spencerian College 
Sullivan University 
Transylvania University 
University of Kentucky

Sales and Hotel Taxes 
Kentucky state sales tax is 6 percent. Groceries are exempt. There is a hotel tax of 8.5 percent and a state fee of 1%, bringing the total tax on hotel rooms to 16.07%.

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