Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Population 2020
Lexington is a city located in Fayette County in Kentucky. Lexington is known as “Horse Capital of the World” and the Kentucky Horse Park, The Red Mile, and Keeneland racecourses are all located in Lexington.
With an estimated population of 323,780, Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky, behind Louisville, and the 60th-largest city in the United States. Combined with the metropolitan area’s population 516,697, the combined statistical area of Lexington is 760,528. For every 100 females in Lexington, there are 96.5 males. The total area of Lexington is 285.5 square miles, making the population density 1,098 people per square miles. The population density in Lexington is 913% higher than the Kentucky average.
Lexington Diversity and Language
According to the 2010 United States census, Lexington was 75.7% white, 14.5% African American, 3.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.21% of other races, and 2.5% from two or more races.
According to the Lexington government, There are over 185 languages spoken in Lexington, with the top ten foreign languages being Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Japanese, Nepali, French, Mandarin, Kinyarwanda, Korean and Portuguese in addition to the official language, English. The largest of these languages is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.2% of the population.
Lexington was first founded in June of 1775 by European-American frontiersmen. Upon hearing of the news of colonist victory in the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, the frontiersmen decided to name the land Lexington. The area of modern-day Lexington was originally considered to be part of Fincastle County, Virginia. Seventeen years later, Kentucky would become a state.
In 1780, Lexington was made the seat of the newly organized Fayette County in Virginia. The town was chartered on May 6, 1782, by the Virginia legislature. Kentucky became a state in 1790, and the first session of the Kentucky legislature was held in Lexington in 1792.
Horseracing was prohibited in Lexington until 1788, and from then on, the devotion to horse racing has remained a passion in Lexington. The American Thoroughbred Breeders Association has its headquarters in Lexington. Lexington has several horseracing and sales facilities, as well as museums of horses and the sport.
In 1865, the University of Kentucky and Lexington Theological Seminary were founded.
During the Great Depression, the Addiction Research Center (ARC) was created at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington and was one of the first drug rehabilitation clinics in the United States.
Lexington Population Growth
The Lexington metro area grew by 7.1% from 2010 to 2016, more than the national average growth rate of 4.5%. Lexington’s average annual growth rate is about 1.1%. According to the Census Bureau, this can be attributed to domestic migration and international immigration and a higher birth-to-death ratio.
Lexington’s population saw the largest growth from 1970 to 1980, where the population grew over 96,000 from 108,137 to 204,165.
Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky's estimated population is 323,780 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky is the 2nd largest city in Kentucky based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 1141.54 people/mi² (440.75 people/km²).
The overall median age is 34.4 years, 33.3 years for males, and 35.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.4 males.
The median income for households in Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky is $, while the mean household income is $.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lexington was:
- White: 75.38%
- Black or African American: 14.39%
- Asian: 3.64%
- Two or more races: 3.60%
- Other race: 2.68%
- Native American: 0.25%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%