HUMAN CAPITAL CONNECTIONS
The best communities understand that to be successful in today’s competitive economic environment, they must cultivate Human Capital – recruiting, retaining, and developing the talent necessary for business and communities to survive, grow, and prosper.
Lexington’s diverse population provides a strong foundation for innovation and creativity, ultimately bringing a competitive advantage to companies in all sectors. Building on its early reputation as the Athens of the West, Lexington continues to excel in education. According to 2017 U.S. Census data, 41.8% of Lexington’s population having a bachelor’s degree or higher and 46.4% of the population in the young professionals cohort (ages 25-44) have at least a bachelor’s degree, making Lexington an attractive location for companies and people.
Anchored by the state’s flagship unversity, the University of Kentucky, the Bluegrass boasts 10 colleges and universities within 40 miles of Lexington, including Eastern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Kentucky State University, Georgetown College, Asbury University, Berea College, Midway University, Centre College, and Transylvania. In total, nearly 70,000 students are enrolled at these educational institutions, and over 17,000 graduate every year.
Lexington’s public and private K-12 schools help prepare students to excel in college and the workforce. The city’s elementary and secondary schools operate several magnet programs to teach students advanced math, technology, applied skills, and foreign languages. In addition, there are several multi-school gifted and talented programs, such as the Spanish Immersion Program, the Elementary and Middle School Accelerated Programs, and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA).
The Lexington Public Library is also a valuable resource for Lexingtonians with over 526,472 books, including downloadable materials. In 2017, the library circulated over 3.1 million books and served over 1.8 million people through in-person visits. Additionally, their website received over 11.5 million visits in 2017. It’s not surprising that Lexington ranked #27 Most Literate City by Central Connecticut State University in 2015!