Educated Workforce

Anchored by the state’s flagship university, the University of Kentucky, the Bluegrass boasts 10 colleges and universities within 40 miles of Lexington. In addition, Lexington has four other professional and technical colleges. In total, nearly 70,000 students are enrolled in institutions of higher learning in the Bluegrass, graduating more than 17,000 annually. Among cities over 300,000 in population, the U.S. Census Bureau ranks Lexington as the 14th most highly educated in the nation (based on the 41.8% of the population 25 years or older that have at least a bachelor’s degree). Even more impressive, 18% of the population has an advanced degree, ranking Lexington the 11th most highly educated city.