Posted in: Living Posted on: Aug 22nd, 2016

From Horses to a Strong Economy, Living in Lexington Has Plenty of Benefits

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Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington is the second largest city in the state of Kentucky. It's the 61st largest city in the US. Along with being known for its considerable number of race tracks and stables, the city has established itself as being one of the more educated areas of the country. Nearly 40 percent of Lexington residents have at least a bachelor's degree, putting the city in the top ten most educated areas. If you've recently moved into apartments in Lexington, it helps to get to know a bit more about the city. Here’s a quick guide.

Getting Around Town

One of the more important questions new residents have when moving to Lexington is, "How do I get around?" Traffic can be a bit congested in the city, as freeways don't run through it. Instead, two beltways circle the city, Man o' War Boulevard and New Circle Road. The city has plans to add new roads or to expand existing roads to help ease up congestion.

Lexington has several options for people who drive into downtown and need to park. On-street parking is metered and costs about $1 per hour. Meters in the city use a Smartcard system, so you no longer need to dig for quarters or change to pay. The city also operates three parking garages that cost the same as metered parking.

The city does have a small public transit system, Lextran, which operates bus routes in the downtown area and throughout the rest of the city. Many of the routes begin or end at the transportation center in the heart of downtown. Fares cost $1 and a free for students and faculty of the University of Kentucky, with a school ID

Working in the City

The city of Lexington prides itself on having one of the most stable economies in the US, which is great news if you're living in apartments in Lexington. Its rate of unemployment is lower than average, at 3.7 percent as of August 2015. The city has regularly been rated as a top city of young professionals as a best value city and as a top area for business and careers by national magazines.

One of the biggest employers in the area is the University of Kentucky, which employs around 14,000 people. A few major corporations also call the city home, including Lexmark, which makes printers, and Tempur-Sealy, which produces mattresses. Companies such as Toyota, Amazon and Xerox also have offices or factories within the city.

Sports and Attractions in Lexington

For more than a century, Lexington has been a major area for the breeding of thoroughbred horses. The soil in the Bluegrass area contains higher levels of calcium than most soils, which helps horses to develop strong bones as they grow.

Along with being major player in horse breeding, Lexington is also home two major race tracks, the Red Mile and Keeneland.

Although horses are a big deal in the city, they aren't the only main attraction. The city is home to Rupp Arena, which opened in 1976 and is the largest arena ever built specifically for basketball. It seats more than 23,000. In addition to hosting the UK's men's basketball team, the arena also hosts a variety of concerts and conventions.