Lexington-Fayette, KY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky - Basic Facts

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County is the 2nd largest city in Kentucky with a population of 312,390 as of July 1, 2016. Lexington-Fayette ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kentucky. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lexington-Fayette is located at latitude 38.0407 and longitude -84.4583 in Fayette County. The formal boundaries for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County (see map below) encompass a land area of 283.65 sq. miles and a water area of 1.9 sq. miles. Fayette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,001 feet.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County (GNIS ID: 2405089) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Kentucky is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County is located within Lexington-Fayette Central Division of Fayette County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lexington-Fayette population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lexington-Fayette: Fayette County, Lexington.

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Lexington-Fayette, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 312,390
Population in Households 299,498
Population in Familes 214,166
Population in Group Qrtrs 12,892
Population Density1 1,101
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 128,650
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 71,547
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 140,943 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 66,999 (47.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 61,651 (43.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,293 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $182,358
Average Home Value $234,805


Median Household Income $50,478
Average Household Income $71,244
Per Capita Income $29,925
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.88% 0.98%
Households 0.72% 0.9%
Families 0.43% 0.72%
Median Household Income   1.94%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Lexington-Fayette, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lexington-Fayette to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 229 58th
Diversity Index2 # 24 96th
Median Household Income # 161 70th
Per Capita Income # 101 81st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Kentucky Census Data Comparison Tool.