see Lexington.: The South Starts Here
Lexington is a great college town.
One of the best in America in fact according to the American Institute for Economic Research that ranked Lexington the ninth best small metro college town in its recently released 2013-14 survey. Livability.com agreed, ranking Lexington a Top 5 College Town.
But what makes Lexington so great? Well, depending on your point of view, Kentucky is the northern most Southern state or the southernmost Midwestern state ― where Southern charm meets Midwestern sensibilities. Nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass region is Lexington, a bustling, thriving city with small-town charm.
We have it all.
Lexington is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, meaning we're closer than you think, but far from ordinary. Here, you'll find a unique blend of rural aesthetics with cosmopolitan amenities; the heart of downtown Lexington is just a 10-minute walk from campus residence halls, and a 10-minute drive from campus leads you to acres of rolling hills, bluegrass and picturesque horse farms.
There's never a bad time to visit Kentucky ― Lexington boast all four seasons. In the fall, the trees reveal an astonishing variety of yellows, reds, oranges and browns. And in spring they explode into blooms of just about every color imaginable. Winters here are short and fairly mild; summers are long and hot. And most of the time, we get just enough rain to make sure the bluegrass stays green year-round.
From University of Kentucky students to permanent residents, we take pride in our city. Lexington is clean, safe and home to dozens of local eateries, shops and stores that make up our city's vibe. There are tons of businesses that cater to the student population. Within a short walk or a quick ride on the COLT Trolley from campus, you'll find dozens of great restaurants, coffee shops, pizza places, live music venues, dance clubs, unique book stores, vintage CD and vinyl stores and clothing boutiques, as well as dozens of funky little shops selling all kinds of things you might have never even known you needed.
With dozens of local bakeries, it is no wonder that Lexington makes up a large part of the New York Times' Kentucky Donut Trail. And if burgers are more your speed, we've got you covered there as well; Tolly Ho, a UK favorite late-night diner, is home to the best burger in Kentucky and one of the Top 50 Burgers in America according to USA Today.
With all these accolades and even more, it's pretty easy to see why Lexington is a five-time winner of 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance. Lexington ranks highly on Forbes' Best Places for Business and Careers and is ranked the seventh Best Midsize City for Finding a Job. Many of our students stay in Lexington after graduation because the city is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Lexington is also a high-tech hot spot, ranking 17th on The Atlantic's list. Named a 2013 eCity by Google, many innovative and technology-based companies and startups are located here in the heart of the Bluegrass. Kentucky is a Top 20 "United States of Innovation" as named by Fast Company with many of these high-tech companies located at UK's Coldstream Research Campus.
We'd be remissed if we didn't mention what Lexington is known for ― horses. The "Horse Capital of the World" is home to more than 150 horse farms in the county limits alone, with nearly 450 in the Bluegrass region. Take a horse farm tour to get close to some of the biggest stars in Kentucky or see these Thoroughbreds at the beautiful and historic Keeneland Race Course in April and October. Many of our streets and neighborhoods are named after legendary horses like Man o' War and Citation and pride in the equine industry is evident everywhere you turn, down to Lexington's official mascot Big Lex, a blue horse.
To "see blue." in Lexington you simply need to open your eyes; pride in our institution and city is everywhere. There's a spirit that you'll feel as soon as you step foot in the Bluegrass; you want to be here.