Lexington’s official population count now stands at 282,114. The total population of our 8-county Bluegrass Alliance is 583,460.
The Kentucky State Data Center is providing these estimates as part of the Census Bureau’s Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates. I also included the 2010 and 2020 projections in the table above. As you can see, in about 10 years, Fayette County is projected to be joined by Madison County in the 6-digit population club. The region is an interesting mix of both slower population growth (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, and Woodford) and explosive growth (Jessamine, Madison, and Scott). Undoubtedly, many border communities are increasing because of Lexington’s limited residential growth potential. It will be interesting to see if this leads to a growth of independent economies in these counties, or if they will continue to mainly feed off of Lexington’s established economic success.