MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at the Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky area.
The Lexington-Fayette area, located in the heart of “Bluegrass Country,” is named for the type of grass that grows in the region’s fertile soil. Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 28th-largest city in the U.S. based on land size. Lexington combines old-world charm and the ambitions of a growing city where residents enjoy a lower cost of living.
Many MedPro International Explorers call Lexington home, including Daisy Award nominee Anubha Soni. Soni, a registered nurse at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, was recognized for giving extraordinary, compassionate care last spring. Originally from India, Anubha joined MedPro International a year ago and celebrated her first anniversary with the company last May.
The equestrian industry is a billion-dollar industry in Kentucky and Lexington’s main economic engine. Lexington is home to the greatest collection of thoroughbred horse farms in the world. But the title for the area’s largest employer goes to the University of Kentucky, with more than 15,000 employees. Amazon.com, Baptist Health, the state and local government, Lockheed Martin, and Lexmark International, Inc. employ at least a thousand residents.
Quality of Life
- A college town, professionals like Soni, as well as retirees, find this city an inviting and affordable place to call home.
- Cost of living is 17.7 percent lower than the national average.
- Population of 321,570 based on the 2020 Census
- Median home price is $127,300
- Median Household Income is $58,954
- Unemployment Rate is 6.0 percent, 1.3 percent below the national average.
- U.S. News & Business Report ranked Lexington as #34 in Best Places to Live.
- Average commute time is 20.8 minutes.
The Fayette County Public Schools offer Pre-Kindergarten and elementary through high school education with magnet and STEAM options. FCPS has a student−teacher ratio of 17-1 and earned an overall A- rating from Niche.com
The University of Kentucky Wildcat men’s basketball team is the biggest show in town on game nights, but there are plenty of other activities to keep nurses and med techs busy as well.
University of Kentucky The largest public university in the state is also home to Lexington’s favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats. Camp out for tickets to a game, attend a lecture, or visit the Art Museum. There are plenty of on-campus activities to enjoy.
Kentucky Horse Park This working horse farm is also an international equestrian competition venue, home to the International Museum of the Horses, a campground, and more. Saddle up, take a trail ride, or attend one of the world’s top horse events.
The Kentucky Theatre This historic cinema opened in 1922 and shows classics and newly released films. The theatre can also be rented out for private events and conferences.
Greyline Station Visit Lexington’s newest venue to eat, drink, shop, and have fun. Whether you’re in the mood for vegan food or BBQ, looking for a vintage dress, or locally made crafts, this 65,000-square-foot historic building is the perfect place to spend a few hours or a whole day.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour There are 42 distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, four right in Lexington. See how bourbon is made, enjoy a tasting, and learn the history of Kentucky’s most popular beverage.
Jacobson Park This 216-acre park in east Lexington has a marina and dock, dog park, pedal boats and kayaks, basketball and volleyball courts, shelters, and open fields.
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