Lexington, Kentucky

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Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette
Urban County
Downtown Lexington
Downtown Lexington
Nickname(s): 
LexTown, Horse Capital of the World
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky is located in the US
Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Location in the United States
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
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountiesFayette
Established1782[2]
Incorporated1831[2]
Government
 • MayorJim Gray (D)
Area
 • Consolidated city-county285.5 sq mi (739.4 km2)
 • Land284.5 sq mi (736.9 km2)
 • Water1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 • Urban
87.5 sq mi (226.7 km2)
Elevation
978 ft (298 m)
Population
(2016)
 • Consolidated city-county318,449[1]
 • RankUS: 60th
Kentucky: 2nd
 • Density1,042.8/sq mi (364.5/km2)
 • Urban
318,449
 • Metro
606,751
 • Demonym
Lexingtonian
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
40502–40517, 40522–40524, 40526, 40533, 40536, 40544, 40546, 40550, 40555, 40574–40583, 40588, 40591, 40598
Area code(s)859
FIPS code21-46027
Websitewww.lexingtonky.gov

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Counties Population Totals Tables: 2010–2016". Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Lexington, Kentucky". Accessed September 18, 2013.