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Lexington, Kentucky Is A Smart City

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Man O' War statue in Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Man O' War statue in Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. | Source

Lexington, Kentucky is known around the globe as the "Horse Capital of the World"

Education Pays and Jobs Continue to Increase in Number

Lexington - or Lexington-Fayette Urban County - is one of the smartest cities in the United States. So says the renown Money Magazine in its picks of the Top 25 Smartest Cities. The Lexington-Fayette Metro Area has one of the highest percentages of post-secondary degree holds at the Bachelor's level and higher in the nation.

Given the number of colleges and universities in town, it is not surprising that College Teacher is a high demand occupation here.

  • March 2008 - October 2009: job listings increased by 59%.
  • November 2009: 5,100+ jobs were available.
  • January 2015: Lexington provided job listings for 18,800 openings. That number is about 400% of the November 2009 figure.

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Lexington Needs Medical Professionals

The largest numbers of advertised positions available during late summer 2016:

  1. Truck Drivers - Individuals, Teams, and Owner Operators
  2. Store Managers and Assistant Managers
  3. Registered Nurses
  4. Community Health Workers
  5. Family Practice Physicians
  6. Medical Assistants
  7. Family Care Technicians
  8. Internal Medicine Physicians
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Other Healthcare jobs at University of Kentucky Medical Center

Official Job Projections to 2016

The following positions are estmated by federal, state, and local governments to be the fastest growing jobs. Bold print indicates job titles already appearing frequently in job listings.

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Court Reporters
  3. Home Health Aides; Personal & Home Care Aides
  4. Veterinary Techs
  5. Database Administrators
  6. Personal Financial Advisors
  7. Veterinarians
  8. Computer Software Engineers - All types
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Pharmacy Technicians
  11. Physical and Occupational Therapists/ Assistants
  12. Computer Systems Analysts
  13. Photographers
  14. Massage Therapists
  15. College Level Teachers: Foreign Language and Literature; Art, Drama and Music; Physics

Top Job-Listing Companies

  1. IBM
  2. Eastern Kentucky University
  3. Catholic Health Initiatives
  4. ACS Inc
  5. HP/Hewlett Packard
  6. Affiliated Computer Services
  7. CriticalConnection
  9. US Army National Guard
  10. Amedisys
  11. University of Kentucky
  12. Medical Connections Inc.
  13. Fifth Third Bank
  14. StaffPointe Medical Search
  15. Ashland

Lexington Downtown Skyline

[Taken in the late 2000s, public domain.]
[Taken in the late 2000s, public domain.]

Lexington-Fayette Urban County

Lexington-Fayette is a unique metropolitan area in the United States in that is is combined with its home county, Fayette, to create a large urban community. It is the second largest city in the state as well as among the Top 100 Largest Cities in America and the Top 25 Smartest Cities. Many of its residents hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher educational attainment and many colleges, universities, tech schools, and career academy call the urban county home.

The city and urban county dedicate themselves to green development in order to protect the natural habitat of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Substantial greenspace and other developments uphold that ideal.

Mixed residential and commercial develop occur successfully in an ongoing plan in Downtown Lexington in the University District next to the University of Kentucky. This increased the numbers of businesses, jobs, workers, and students moving into Lexington-Fayette and preserves the greenspaces elsewhere.

Traveler, 1911

Traveler was a famous foundation sire of the breed "Quarter Horse."
Traveler was a famous foundation sire of the breed "Quarter Horse."

Well Developed Higher Education

Higher Education

A large number of postsecondary educational opportunities are presented in Lexington-Fayette Urban County.

  • Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Adult Ed at Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Central Kentucky Tech - (859) 246-2400‎
  • Commonwealth Baptist College
  • Images Model Agency: (859) 273-2301‎
  • Indiana Weslyan University - Lexington Branch: (859) 519-3000‎
  • ITT Technical Institute: (859) 246-3300‎
  • Lexington Beauty College Inc
  • Lexington Theological Seminary
  • Midway College - Lexington Branch
  • National Academy of Animal Arts - Dog grooming and related skills.
  • National College
  • Southside Center-Applied Tech
  • Spencerian College of Louisville and Lexington
  • Strayer University
  • Sullivan University Lexington
  • Transylvania University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Wallaces College: (859) 254-8861‎

College Sports Recuitment

College Prospects America in Lexington, Kentucky works with coaches and student athletes to promote solid education and sports success. They help young men and women to attain athletic scholarships and have done so successfully since 1986.

Healthcare Systems Thrive

Lexington Healthcare

Athens Of the West

Nicknamed "Athens of the West"

It is evident that Lexington-Fayette supports a substantial amount of high quality educational opportunities. It has also been part of American history since the beginning.

Founded in 1775 by William McConnell and associate frontiersmen and settlers, Lexington was first named McConnell Springs for the campground honoring William, where the men settled temporarily on the edge of what is now the City of Lexington with over 282,000 people in 2008

The men received notices that the first shots were fired in the American Revolution in Lexington, Massachusetts and in a spurt of patriotism, renamed their settlement of whites and Native Americans, a stockade, and a few cabins "Lexington."

Kentucky was part of Virginia at this time, but Virginia granted it partial independence and cut it into three counties, one of them Fayette in 1780. Lexington was named capital of the county in 1782 and quickly became the largest city in the territory and state of Kentucky until industrialism arose and grew other cities as well. It survived the Civil War and Henry Clay, Secretary of State, lived in Lexington.

Today, over 30 National Historic Sites are preserved in and around Lexington.

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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      Don White 7 years ago

      What a beautiful place. I believe sincerely that this fine historic city and area would be an ideal retirement place. What's the crime rate, do you know? But with the green rolling hills and animal or horse farms abounding, it looks ideal Thanks for presenting it to us. Nice job again, Patty. Don White

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      Lisa J Warner 7 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      I was just thinking about how it would be there--isn't that funny--thank you for the info!

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      vagabondinglife 7 years ago

      Good article about my hometown. I was surprised to see "photographer" listed in the top jobs as well as IBM being one of the top hirers.

      I worked for IBM for 8 years and they were constantly in a panic laying people off and outsourcing anything they could to India.

      Thank you for writing this!

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      Nate 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

      Anybody know what the Music scene is like?

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