Lexington, Kentucky Population 2022

327,924
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Lexington is a city located in Fayette County Kentucky. With a 2020 population of 327,924, it is the 2nd largest city in Kentucky and the 58th largest city in the United States. Lexington is currently growing at a rate of 0.82% annually and its population has increased by 1.66% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 322,570 in 2020. Spanning over 286 miles, Lexington has a population density of 1,156 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lexington is $83,111 with a poverty rate of 15.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lexington is 34.6 years, 33.5 years for males, and 35.6 years for females.

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.

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 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 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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lexingtonwas:

  • White: 73.71%
  • Black or African American: 14.62%
  • Two or more races: 4.41%
  • Asian: 3.98%
  • Other race: 3.08%
  • Native American: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Lexington, Kentucky is 327,924 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 322,570.

Lexington, Kentucky Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Lexington Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Lexington Population by Race

Lexington Population Pyramid 2022

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Lexington Median Age

34.8


Total

33.8


Male

35.8


Female

Lexington Adults

There are 254,886 adults, (43,177 of whom are seniors) in Lexington.

Lexington Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

20.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Lexington Sex Ratio

Female

164,388

51.02%

Male

157,812

48.98%

Lexington Population by Age

Lexington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lexington Household Types

54.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lexington Households and Families

3

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Lexington Households by Type

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Lexington Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lexington Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.95%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 69.35%.

Lexington Educational Attainment by Race

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$39,782

Average Earnings

$44,490

Average Male

$34,725

Average Female

Lexington Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lexington Language by Age

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Lexington Language

86.47% of Lexington residents speak only English, while 13.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.21% of the population.

Lexington Language

Lexington Poverty by Race

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15.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.75%

Male Poverty Rate

16.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lexington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lexington is Black, with 29.84% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lexington is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.68%.

Lexington Poverty

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Lexington Poverty Rate by Education

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Lexington Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lexington Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Lexington Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.8%

Male Marriage Rate

42.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Lexington Married by Age and Sex

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Lexington Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Lexington Marital Status by Race

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Lexington Marital Status

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14,900

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Lexington Veterans by War

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Lexington Veterans by Age

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Lexington Veterans by Race

Lexington Veterans by Education

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7.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lexington Veterans by Education

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68%

Labor Force Participation

64.4%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Lexington Employment by Age

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Lexington Employment by Race

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Lexington Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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58.81%

Born in Lexington

89.99%

Native Born

10.01%

Foreign Born

6.88%

Non Citizen

3.13%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.99% of Lexington residents were born in the United States, with 58.81% having been born in Kentucky. 6.88% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lexington Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Lexington Population by Year