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Lexington is one of the best-run cities in America, per study

Fourth of July fireworks shows aside, Lexington is a pretty nice city and it’s growing by the minute. The big hole is filled in downtown; City Center construction is underway and moving quickly; there are plans for a new Central Park development; Rupp Arena is getting a makeover; UK’s campus is gobbling up everything in its path; the canned beer is still dirt cheap at CCI; and there is a new bar/restaurant set to open next month that will be the centerpiece for social gatherings and economic development. What a time to be alive, the kids say.

With all the aforementioned things considered, plus a deeper look into the city’s operating efficiency, the website WalletHub named Lexington the fourth best-run city in America. A study of 150 American cities determined the best- and worst-run cities, and Lexington came in at No. 4 behind only Nampa, Idaho; Provo, Utah; and Boise, Idaho. (I see you, Idaho.)

To read the complete findings, click here. There is a lot more to it than what I have explained. Once you do that, go out and celebrate the fourth-place finish by eating one of the many $5 burgers across Lexington, all part of Lexington Burger Week, which began today.

Oh yeah… Louisville finished 30th.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for Lexington is one of the best-run cities in America, per study

  1. PillsburyThrowboy
    3:10 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    As someone who has moved away from lex for a job, I always think to myself “man lexington was a great place to live”

    And trust me, the traffic is AMAZING in lex.

  2. TBW3011
    3:18 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    I like Lex. Not sure City Center belongs on the plus side of how it’s run though. Lol. The fact it may eventually get done doesn’t change the fact it’s been a total debacle under 2 mayors. One who supposedly knows construction and all the ins and outs.

  3. J-Dub421
    3:31 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    Wow, they’re playing pretty fast and loose with the word “cities.”

    • Alex90
      4:32 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink


    • J-Dub421
      4:55 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

      Nampa Idaho – population 83,000. That is not a city. That is a town.

    • Harveyww
      6:06 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

      So there are only 2 cities in Kentucky then?

  4. Bigblueswami
    3:31 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    They should plan a huge festival to celebrate this…. Public music, food, speeches from local leaders… maybe even a fireworks display…oh….wait…

  5. jtkyguy
    4:30 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    Born and raised in Lex, late 30’s now. Violent Crime is definitely the change I have noticed over the past 20 years. Nearly every night there is another shooting or murder, or multiple.

    • Craig
      7:58 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

      Like many cities, the homicide rate has risen a lot the last few years, from rates that hadn’t been lower since the 50s, but 28 homicides last year and on pace for 30 this year is hardly “nearly every night.” And in 1998, 24 people were killed – with population growth since then, it would have to hit 32 murders in a year to equal the rate from 20 years ago.

  6. cpayne16
    5:01 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    A “best” list with Gary, Indiana included is always questionable. I wonder if WalletHub has every driven through Gary, its not the best of anything.

    • TBW3011
      7:16 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

      Wow. Didn’t see Gary on it. That’s comical. Surprised Detroit or Chicago wasn’t #1 then.