Lexington-Fayette, KY Profile: Facts & 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 323,298 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Lexington-Fayette, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 323,298
Population in Households 309,476
Population in Familes 222,478
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,822
Population Density2 1,140
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $54,596
Average Household Income $77,930
Per Capita Income $32,694


Total Housing Units 144,538 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 75,997 (52.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 57,128 (39.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 11,413 ( 7.9%)
Median Home Value $187,214
Average Home Value $247,914


Total Households 133,125
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 73,722
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.08% 1.05%
Households 0.96% 1.01%
Families 0.69% 0.85%
Median Household Income   2.41%
Per Capita Income   2.06%

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, 2018 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 Density # 213 61st
Diversity Index # 24 96th
Median Household Income # 152 72nd
Per Capita Income # 104 81st

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