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Lexington–Fayette metropolitan area
Map of the Lexington–Fayette–Frankfort–Richmond CSA, with the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area highlighted in red.
Map of the Lexington–Fayette–Frankfort–Richmond CSA, with the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area highlighted in red.
Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Largest city Lexington
 • MSA 1,484.07 sq mi (3,843.7 km2)
 • Total 506,751(106th)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 859

The Lexington–Fayette metropolitan area is the 106th-largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States. It was originally formed by the United States Census Bureau in 1950 and consisted solely of Fayette County until 1980 when surrounding counties saw increases in their population densities and the number of their residents employed within Lexington–Fayette, which led to them meeting Census criteria to be added to the MSA.

The Lexington–Fayette MSA is the primary MSA of the Lexington–Fayette–Richmond–Frankfort combined statistical area which includes the Micropolitan Statistical Areas of Frankfort (Franklin and Anderson counties), Mount Sterling (Montgomery, Bath, and Menifee counties), and Richmond–Berea (Madison and Rockcastle counties). The Lexington–Fayette–Frankfort–Richmond combined statistical area has a July 1, 2012 Census Bureau estimated population of 703,271.



Lexington is the principal city of the metropolitan area

The following is a list of cities in the Lexington–Fayette metropolitan area with 2017 United States Census Bureau estimates of their population. Cities in bold are considered principal cities of the metropolitan area by the Census Bureau, which represent significant employment centers:


Geographic Area 2020 Census 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census 1980 Census 1970 Census 1960 Census 1950 Census
Lexington–Fayette MSA 516,811 472,099 408,326 348,428 317,629 174,323 131,906 100,746
Bourbon County, Kentucky 20,252 19,985 19,360 19,236 19,405 18,476¹ 18,178¹ 17,752¹
Clark County, Kentucky 36,972 35,613 33,144 29,496 28,322 24,090¹ 21,075¹ 18,898¹
Fayette County, Kentucky 322,570 295,803 260,512 225,366 204,165 174,323 131,906 100,746
Jessamine County, Kentucky 52,991 48,586 39,041 30,508 26,146 17,430¹ 13,625¹ 12,458¹
Scott County, Kentucky 57,155 47,173 33,061 23,867 21,813 19,948¹ 15,376¹ 15,141¹
Woodford County, Kentucky 26,871 24,939 23,208 19,955 17,778 14,434¹ 11,913¹ 11,212¹

• Populations are based on published estimates by the United States Bureau of the Census.

¹County was not a part of Lexington–Fayette MSA at the time of this Census and the county's population is not included in MSA total.

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