For thousands of years, the area had been known for its fertile soil and abundant sources of calcium-rich, natural spring water. Due in part to these critical factors, as well as a handy geographical location, Central Kentucky quickly became a center for enterprise, education, and culture.
The undeniable Horse Capital of the World, Lexington is home to the most famous horse farms on the globe, including Calumet, Castleton Lyons, Coolmore, Darby Dan, Darley Jonabell, Donamire, Gainesway, Mt. Brilliant, Overbrook, Spendthrift, Spy Coast, and Stonestreet, to name only a very few. Keeneland Race Course welcomes visitors for the Spring & Fall meets each year, while The Kentucky Horse Park (home to Alltech Arena) boasts one of the finest sporthorse campuses in the country.
The world’s preeminent equine auction houses, Fasig-Tipton & Keeneland, also host highly-anticipated sales throughout the year. Fayette County can also boast the finest in equine medical care. Both Hagyard Medical Institute and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital call Lexington their home, as well as the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. John Gaines said it best, declaring, “Central Kentucky is the country’s largest privately-owned, privately-maintained National Park.”
Best in show
Lexington has been named one of the Best Places to Live by several publications, including Money Magazine, Livability, and U.S. News & World Report. These rankings consider factors like affordability, job opportunities, quality of life, and community engagement.
The U.S. Census Bureau ranks Lexington as the 11th most highly-educated city in the nation with 41% of the population 25 years or older holding at least a bachelor’s degree.
Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75. The region is served by Bluegrass Airport, featuring one of the most beautiful approaches in the nation