Lexington, Kentucky

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Lexington
Consolidated city-county
Lexington-Fayette
Urban County
Nickname(s): "Horse Capital of the World", "Athens of the West"
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°01′47″N 84°29′41″W / 38.02972°N 84.49472°W / 38.02972; -84.49472Coordinates: 38°01′47″N 84°29′41″W / 38.02972°N 84.49472°W / 38.02972; -84.49472
Country United States
State Kentucky
Counties Fayette
Government
 • Mayor Jim Gray (D)
Area
 • Consolidated city-county 285.5 sq mi (739.5 km2)
 • Land 284.5 sq mi (736.9 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 • Urban 69.5 sq mi (180.1 km2)
Elevation 978 ft (298 m)
Population (2010)
 • Consolidated city-county 295,803
 • Density 1,042.8/sq mi (364.5/km2)
 • Urban 260,994
 • Metro 472,099
 • Demonym Lexingtonian
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP Code 40502–40517, 40522–40524, 40526, 40533, 40536, 40544, 40546, 40550, 40555, 40574–40583, 40588, 40591, 40598 40514, 40513, 40503
Area code(s) 859

Lexington is the second largest city in Kentucky. In 2010, 295,803 people live there. It is called "the Horse Capital of the World".

Lexington was first named by a party of Virginians who camped here in June, 1775, after they heard the news about the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts in April of that year starting the American Revolution against the British government. A fort was begun at the same spot in 1779, and by 1782 there was a town here known as Lexington, Virginia. This is because Kentucky was still part of Virginia then, and was not made into a state of its own until 1792.