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Lexington-Fayette
Urban County
Nickname(s): 
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Location in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Country United States
State Kentucky
Counties Fayette
Government
 • Mayor Jim Gray (D)
Area
 • Consolidated city-county 285.5 sq mi (739.5 km2)
 • Land 284.5 sq mi (736.9 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 • Urban
69.5 sq mi (180.1 km2)
Elevation
978 ft (298 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Consolidated city-county 295,803
 • Density 1,042.8/sq mi (364.5/km2)
 • Urban
260,994
 • Metro
472,099
 • Demonym
Lexingtonian

Lexington is the second largest city in Kentucky. In 2010, 295,803 people live there. It is called "the Horse Capital of the World".

Lexington was first named by a party of Virginians who camped here in June, 1775, after they heard the news about the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts in April of that year starting the American Revolution against the British government. A fort was begun at the same spot in 1779, and by 1782 there was a town here known as Lexington, Virginia. This is because Kentucky was still part of Virginia then, and was not made into a state of its own until 1792.