Posted in: Living Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2015

Living in Lexington KY: A Friendly Guide

No visit to north-central Kentucky would be complete without spending some time in the Bluegrass Region and, specifically, in Lexington. The site of the present city of Lexington was founded in June, 1775. Its name was adopted when the settlers heard of the victory of the colonial troops at the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. By the early 1800s, Lexington had become a very wealthy city because of its rich, fertile soil. Over the years, it has become known as “The Horse Capital of the World” because of its numerous horse farms and world-class equine care facilities.


Transportation by car from Lexington to major cities in the region is easily accomplished with numerous highways. Louisville and Frankfort are west along Interstate 64, and Indianapolis, Knoxville, TN, and Atlanta lie to the north and south along Interstate 75. If flying is more your style, Blue Grass Airport serves the city, with daily flights to domestic destinations throughout the country. Within the city, Lextran provides public bus and free trolley services, and Lexington Taxi offers taxi service.

Major Industry in Lexington

Besides all the horse-related industry, at least four Fortune 500 companies provide thousands of jobs in Lexington, among them are IBM, Xerox, Lexmark International, and Lockheed-Martin. Other companies with a notable presence in Lexington include Jif Peanut Butter, United Parcel Service,, Toyota (in nearby Georgetown), and Trane.

In addition, the colleges and universities in the Lexington area provide top-rated education as well as employment for many thousands of professionals. These include The University of Kentucky, Transylvania University,Bluegrass Community & Technical College, and Georgetown College. These schools also have sports programs that can provide enjoyable entertainment.

Fine Dining, Nightlife, and Historic Sites

Downtown Lexington
CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Rich Bowen

Several restaurants for fine dining are located in downtown Lexington, including Coles 735 Main, Dudley’s on Short, A La Lucie, Table Three Ten, Sabio, and Portofino. The city also has many fine bars, clubs, and dancing opportunities. If you’re looking for Broadway shows, local theater, and even opera, check out the local Nightlife website.

Many museums and historical sites are within the city, including Aviation Museum of Kentucky, The Headley-Whitney Museum, Kentucky Theatre, Lexington Cemetery, Mary Todd Lincoln House, andRupp Arena. Lexington is filled with lots of green spaces, as well. Coolavin Park, Duncan Park, and Triangle Park, where there are outdoor performances, are just a few. And many miles of biking and running trails can be found throughout the city for more active outdoor recreation.

Relocating to Lexington

For more information about living and renting in Lexington, check out other pages of this site in the future!