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Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:14 am

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
- Nightlife/Entertainment
- Neighborhoods to Seek Out or Avoid
- the "Hillbilly" Factor
- etc.

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.
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:20 am



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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:49 am

Yeah, thanks Ace; that was really helpful and insightful... let me tell ya. H'yuck!

Anyone have any legit information to help me out?

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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:55 am

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.
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:05 pm

I have only visited Lexington, I haven't been to Frankfort. So the following only applies to Lex.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
Cost of Living

Higher than the Cincinnati area, but not significantly above average.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
Nightlife/Entertainment

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.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
Neighborhoods to Seek Out or Avoid

Haven't found any real bad ones. There is quite a bit of horse money in the area, and many of the areas surrounding town reflect that.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
the "Hillbilly" Factor

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.
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:22 pm

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!
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:25 pm

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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:02 pm

Once again, relevant information only please... THANKS!  Yeah sure
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:21 pm

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 5):
How so? Heat? Cold? Humid?

Well, it's like they say... if you don't like the weather, stick around... it will soon change  Wink

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...  crazy 
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?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfort,_Kentucky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexington%2CKentucky
http://www.cityoffrankfortky.com/
http://www.visitfrankfort.com/
http://www.visitlex.com/
http://www.lfucg.com/

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky.../states/kentucky/counties/madison/ and http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky.../states/kentucky/counties/fayette/


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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:09 pm

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.

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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:21 pm

I'm in LEX every week for business, and it is a wonderful town.

I deal mainly with Keenland www.keenland.com .

There are some really great places to eat, but ANC is pretty much spot on, the town closes up at night!
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:15 am

So if the town closes up at night, where are all those co-eds goin' drinkin'? There's got to be a few decent watering holes around...
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:31 am

Went to school at UK a few years back..

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 11):
So if the town closes up at night, where are all those co-eds goin' drinkin'? There's got to be a few decent watering holes around...

There are some "decent" places near campus and downtown.. In my days bars had to stop serving alcohol at 1AM. (or 2?)

- Cost of Living
No idea - Parents were paying.. muahahha!

- Nightlife/Entertainment
See above

- Neighborhoods to Seek Out or Avoid
The North side of Lexington is not the nicest. Seek South... Area round Tates Creek road is really really cool older houses.

- the "Hillbilly" Factor

Some. But not too much.. Usually they come to the Wal-Mart from nearby towns (kid you not)

Have you ever heard that Kentuckians rate the quality of of a city based on the type of Wal-Mart that they have?

5 - No Wal-Mart
4 - 9AM - 9PM Wal-Mart
3- 24 Hour Wal-Mart
2- 9AM - 9PM Super Wal-Mart
1- 24 Hour Super Wal-Mart.

In that scale consider.. LEX has at least 2 24Hr Super Wal-Marts!! an gosh.. several Targets!

As said, there is a LOT of money in Lexington. When Keeneland ( just across the sreet from the airport) is open you can see the dozens of private jets landing and taking off for the races.

KY is a beautiful state. Great parks and lot of outdoor stuff. People are really really nice..
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:35 am

Well thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it. The more I look into this the better it looks. It should be a big improvement from SLC!  Silly
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:56 am

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 13):
The more I look into this the better it looks. It should be a big improvement from SLC!

Apples and oranges?  confused   duck   yes 

COLI for Denver, CO and Frankfort, KY.

(Sorry, no SLC)

Total : -6.0%
Housing: -21.8%
Avg. Rent: -6.9%
Utilities: +2.8%
Grocery: -2.0%
Transportation: -2.6%
Health: -2.5%
Avg. Home Price: -24.5%

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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:24 am

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  Smile
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  Wink

Have you been there?........I would recomend you go there for a weekend at least before making a decision.
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:15 am

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.  Smile
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:51 am

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 16):
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.

If you come during Derby, you will never want to leave.
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:00 am

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 17):
Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 16):
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.

If you come during Derby, you will never want to leave.

And why is that? You've got me curious..
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:18 pm

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 18):
And why is that? You've got me curious..

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.
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RE: Lexington/Frankfort Kentucky - How Is It?

Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:35 pm

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.

OH HELLS YES! Count me there!  drunk 
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