According to 2020 Census data, one-third of the population of Lexington is now non-white, with Black individuals representing the city’s largest minority group. Lexington’s Hispanic and Asian populations both rose over 40% over the last decade. The city is home to one of the largest refugee resettlement organizations in the region, with many refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people from Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other nations finding a home in the bluegrass. Lexington (and UK) has long been a safe and supportive community for LGBTQ folks.
While many residents rent apartments or small houses in town, with home prices more affordable than most cities our size, we’ve had residents purchase homes in the area as well. A spreadsheet is created each year for incoming interns who are looking for housing and graduating residents who will be vacating their places.
Most residents drive to work. But with so many of our clinical sites in close proximity, many residents walk or bike! UK has a fantastic incentive program for bike commuters ($400!), and conveniently-located indoor bike lockers with showers. Lexington recently received the 4th highest Bike Score in the US.
There’s something for everyone!
There have been some heated arguments among our residents about the best donuts in Lexington (a critical subject, as many of our inpatient attendings are in the habit of bringing in donuts on the weekend for their teams), with Spaulding’s, Magee’s, and North Lime Donuts having the most fierce supporters. Doodles, Martine’s, and DV8 Kitchen—the latter is owned and operated by folks in recovery—are also great breakfast spots.
Carson’s is a resident favorite for brunch. Or walk through the new Greyline Station food hall and it’s growing lineup of tasty spots. Carnivores should head to Blue Door BBQ for lunch, while vegetarians should check out the decadent build-your-own Grilled Cheese at Wine+Market.
You really can’t go wrong: From Latin fusion to Louisiana cookin’; from Neopolitan-style Pizza to authentic Pad Thai; from Birra to Burgers; from Ramen to Ribs and everything in between—if you’re craving it, Lexington has it.
Desserts and Drinks!
Summer and Fall nights spent at Kentucky Native Café are always a highlight. The Grove has some great drinks and late-night snacks in an eclectic spot downtown. Chocolate Holler, Sorella’s, and Crank & Boom are favorites among our residents with a sweet tooth. Combine your post-work drinks with arcade games (The Burl), axe throwing (Battle Axes), or trivia (Mirror Twin, West 6th, others).
Whether boxing, spin, yoga, indoor climbing, or crossfit is your jam, your new favorite class is likely to be only a short drive away. UK’s gyms are conveniently located to work as well. If you’re looking to get outside, the legacy trail, Masterston station park, and nearby Raven’s Run are great running or biking spots.
If massage, floats, or meditation are part of your self-care routine, you’re in luck. If arts and music fill up your cup, Lexington has no shortage of theatres, museums, and concert venues—and plenty of opportunities to develop your craft, whether it’s in visual arts, writing, or performance. There’s also a good chance that the faith community that you feel most comfortable in has a home in Lexington.
Our region is famous for hoops, horses, and hooch, but has so much else to offer! In the winter, downhill and cross-country skiing are only a day trip away. Spring brings derby day, but also provides an opportunity to explore all the caves, creeks and peaks Kentucky has to offer. As Summer heats up, residents participate in the program’s annual lake day. Fall is beautiful in the bluegrass, with plenty of leaf-peeping, apple-picking, and hiking to be had.
There are three childcare facilities within walking distance of work, and a program that allows UK employees to easily access vetted babysitters (or pet-sitters!) through the college. Lexington/Fayette county schools are some of the strongest in the state. The Explorium is a great local kid-friendly museum, and Newport, KY’s Aquarium is fantastic. For outdoors fun, the Hummel Planetarium and Kentucky Horse Park are great options just outside the city.
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