BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
I am doing some research on the Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky area and I was wondering if any of you have any experience in the area. How would you rate/comments on the following areas would be appreciated:
- Cost of Living
- Neighborhoods to Seek Out or Avoid
- the "Hillbilly" Factor
What are your overall impressions? A good place to be a place best avoided? What're the pro's/con's?
Thanks so much for your help everybody, I really appreciate it.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12029 posts, RR: 50 Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
Well it being close the the city of CVG makes it more affordable then living in the big city of CVG. That being said it does have a Southern feel to it, i.e. the hillbillies as you said. I have been there several times for business and can say that it is a friendly place to visit.
Depends on what you are in to. Downtown seems to pretty much shut down after business hours. There are a few nice bars and restaurants. I suspect a lot of social activity revolves around the university.
Negligable. You can find it if you search for it, but I didn't find it pervasive.
Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter): What are your overall impressions? A good place to be a place best avoided? What're the pro's/con's?
Overall I liked the area. If you are looking at moving to it, you might want to consider Georgetown, KY. It is partway between Lexington and Frankfort. The weather sometimes leaves a little be desired. There is excellent hiking and camping nearby. If you gave a little more info on what sort of town you like, I could make more accurate comparisons.
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
Lowrider - excellent information, thank you! Welcome to my RU list for your help.
I am indeed looking into the area as a potential relocation for my job may put me there in the mid-late summer time frame. As far as what I'm looking for, I am looking for the middle-class, young/upwardly-mobile while not pretentious kind of scene. I'm a recent college grad and career-oriented professional. What I'm looking for is an area that has some activity (isn't completely dead after 7 pm), is middle to upper-middle class, and has a decent young population segment with which to interact. I figured a condo/townhouse not too far from the university might be a decent place to start looking.
Quoting Lowrider (Reply 4): If you are looking at moving to it, you might want to consider Georgetown, KY. I
I was initially attracted to Georgetown because it seemed like a decent middle ground. Most of the activity seems to be in Lex while my work would be in Frankfort. However, it seems like there are reasonably nice and affordable places not more then a mile or two from downtown Lex, so I'm also starting to look in that area.
Quoting Lowrider (Reply 4): The weather sometimes leaves a little be desired.
How so? Heat? Cold? Humid? How about insects; does it seem like a lot of bugs are always swarming around? (I found this to be the case in parts of NE Pennsylvania and mid-New York when I lived there for a little while several years ago.) Looking at a potential move from SLC, Lex is looking like a nice change from the bitter cold winters and hot dusty Utah summers.
I really appreciate all of your help. Any other information/advice you can provide or point me to would be great!
Well, it's like they say... if you don't like the weather, stick around... it will soon change
I lived in Richmond for a few months in 2002, I don't think there are more bugs there than there is any place else... Although I once had a nasty encounter with a jumpingspider...
It is warm, and is humid. It has some nice sceneries, like the Blue Grass Parkway.
The countryside has some hillbillies, but over all I never saw it as an issue.
Kentuckians are nice, I like them.
KY as a whole has so many venues and other things to offer. Corvette museum/factory in Bowling Green, Fort Know, Jim Beam distilleries in Frankfort, KY Derby... thunder over Louisville... Mammoth Caves... just to mention a few.
Yes, those ARE mostly tourist venues, but venues nontheless...
You have of course visited the websites mentioned below?
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1060 times:
Frankfort is a nothing place.
It's the State Capitol, but that's about it. A few reasonable places to each - but all the chain places as well.
Lexington has a lot of $$$, because of the horse farms. William Shatner has a place there. UK Lex is there of course, with it's Medical Center/School. Lot's of pretty young co-eds running around. Be careful, my neice is one of them. Her father doesn't have nearly the sense of humor I have.
Some great restaurants there, but the nightlife is dead. As was mentioned above, looks like they roll up the streets at night. Remember, you're in the Kentucky Bible Belt there as well.
Marcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1759 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1005 times:
I was there back in 2004 and 2005 and the longest I stayed there on a given time was 3 months, the least was 2 weeks.
As some people have mentioned before....
1.- I found that people were friendly overall with a very few exceptions.
2.- For cost of living I found it extremely cheap, but then again my point of comparison is Southern California
3.- As for night life, downtown becomes a vitual ghost town after dark but there are some nice restaurants like De Sha's......for bars try "cheapside" in the downtown area and "Two keys" in the UK area, definetly there is more night life arround campus but it is still not that big.
4.- I did not find the hillbilly factor that prominent but if you look for it you will find it, it is not "in your face" I can tell you that. If you drive a couple of hours south or east you WILL have your life's supply of hillbilly in a few hours.
5.- Keep in mind that Lexington is the main city while Frankfort and Georgetown are "suburbs".
I have not ben to SLC, only the airport while connecting, so I do not know how the two compare to each other.
Bottom line I would more there if it turned out to be a good career move............friendly, safe, inexpensive and clean...and if you get tired of that there is allways CVG a hour away
Have you been there?........I would recomend you go there for a weekend at least before making a decision.
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BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1001 times:
Quoting Marcus (Reply 15): Have you been there?........I would recomend you go there for a weekend at least before making a decision.
If they end up offering me the relocation, they will fly me out for a couple of weekends to check it out, search for apartments, etc. So I'll have a chance to reconnoiter the area before I commit to anything. My company's pretty good like that.
Lets just say there are plenty of good times to be had during that weekend. Even if you never make it to the race. I have seen things that make Mardi Gras look like a bunch of lightweights. It seems that horse people like to party.
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 986 times:
Quoting Lowrider (Reply 19): Lets just say there are plenty of good times to be had during that weekend. Even if you never make it to the race. I have seen things that make Mardi Gras look like a bunch of lightweights. It seems that horse people like to party.