Quality of life is notoriously hard to put a number on, but Lexington is consistently recognized as being one of the best cities to live in. Lexington ranked #7 Most Affordable Big City in America by Kiplinger in 2014, #16 Best Large City to Live in by Wallet Hub in 2016, and #8 Best City to Live in America by Money in 2018.
Not only that, Lexington is a great place to live no matter where you are in your life.
For the younger generation, Lexington was ranked #6 most inspiring city for young artists by World Wide Learn and #17 best college town by the American Institute for Economic Research. Current and aspiring business professionals will apprecaite that Forbes ranked Lexington #16 best place for business and careers in 2015 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ranked Kentucky the #4 best state for entrepreneural activity. And those enjoying retirement will be happy to know that Time Magazine ranked Lexington among the top five best places to retire in 2014. See more of the Bluegrass Rankings here.
On Nov. 14, 2017, Mayor Jim Gray announced that MetroNet will invest between $70M and $100M to make Lexington the largest gigabit city in the country, bringing ultrafast internet, television, and telephone service to residents and businesses via fiber cables, which transmit data at the speed of light. Once finished, this initiative will increase Lexington’s average internet speed from 16.2 megabits per second to up to 1,000 megabits per second. The term gigabit city refers to the availability of internet speeds up to 1,000 megabits across a city. Google Fiber exists in cities such as Austin, TX and Kansas City. Each of these cities lack the citywide availability necessary to be a gigabit city. Currently, only Chattanooga, TN and Huntsville, AL (soon to be) are gigabit cities. Lexington’s population is twice that of either city, making Lexington the largest gigabit city upon the project’s completion. Increasing the accessibility of fast, reliable interent will enhance the city’s workforce by strengthening the education systems, improve public safety communication, attract and further enable remote workers, and increase residents’ quality of life through entertainment and information.
Whatever you are looking to get out of life – relaxing countryside, excellent schools, a vibrant downtown, a restaurant to match every taste, or internationally acclaimed sporting venues, Lexington is waiting to be your new Kentucky home. And once you’re here, take a staycation and explore Lexington! VisitLEX has created unique day agendas for every type of interest: food, bourbon, art, horses, craft beer, nature, families, and more!
Want to find out more about living in Lexington? Check out our Living Here webpage and learn about downtown, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, things to do, arts and culture, sports, and local climate.
To learn more about living in Lexington, click here to read Commerce Lexington’s Quality of Life White Paper.