What makes Lexington, Kentucky, unique is its variety – the variety of its landscape, educational opportunities, health care choices, employment options, family activities, arts and culture, businesses, and economy. Our region is among the smartest, most affordable, job friendly, entrepreneurial, most inspiring, and innovative places in America.

The Lexington region’s economic success comes largely from its diverse economy, which has been mentioned by multiple national sources. The region serves as a health care, retail, and cultural center for both Central and Eastern Kentucky. Employment is dispersed among government, education and healthcare, retail trade, manufacturing, professional and business services, and construction. As a result of these diverse opportunities, Lexington’s unemployment rate is typically lower than the rest of the state and nation.

Our city’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem cultivates ideas and opportunities by leveraging a culture of innovation and strong support structure that helps young companies grow. In 2021, startups created created 110 new jobs, raised $52.1 million in capital, and generated $77.5 million in revenue. They also reported an average salary of $64,000 for full-time jobs and employed 623 people in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

A lot has been happening here in recent years – from streetscape improvements to new and enhanced bike and walking trails to many hospital expansions to a rapidly-growing high-tech sector. There’s a perception among many residents here that Lexington is on the move, and the city you are experiencing today is far different than that of even a decade ago. The downtown area continues to see enhancements, from the nearly completed expansion of Central Bank Center (convention center) and upgrades to Rupp Arena, the City Center Complex, the ever-evolving Distillery District, a new mixed-use facility in the East End called The MET, and the Town Branch Park, which is coming soon behind Rupp Arena.

Lexington has ben named among the best cities for college graduates (#6), young professionals (#10), and most affordable for an early retirement (#5). Whether you’re coming here to live, work, start a business, or play, you’ll find the Bluegrass full of charm and hospitality. It’s an experience like no other, and you’ll find yourself wanting to come back again and again or perhaps you’ll just decide to stay.