Lexington by the Numbers

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by Art Shechet

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Data tell stories. Data are good for smacking down flimflammery, puncturing bubbles, and grabbing by the collars those purveyors of half-not-truths and truthiness. Data are not the whole truth, but they get us part of the way there. We at UnderMain will be throwing data nuggets your way from time to time because they taste so good.

Our first data dump is about our place, Lexington. Think you know all about our corner of the world? Take our quiz and see how you do. The data tell us something about where we have been and the promises and challenges of where we are headin’. Let’s go!


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FAYETTE COUNTY: WHO WE ARE — MYTHS AND REALITIES

Race- entire state by %

1990 2000 2010
White 92.0 90.1 87.8
Black or African American 7.1 7.3 7.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2 0.2
Asian 0.5 0.7 1.1
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 0.6 1.5 3.1
Other race 0.2 0.6 1.3

Race- Fayette County by %

  1990 2000 2012
White 85 81 77
Black or African American 13.4 13.5 14
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2 0.2
Asian 1.6 2.5 3.4
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1.1 3.3 7
Other race .3 1.2 2.2

Poverty Status by % (living =< 100% poverty level) – Fayette County

1990 2000 2012
14.1 12.9 17.7

Rates of population growth by % 1950-2010

Kentucky 47.4
Fayette 193.6
Eastern Kentucky Counties  
Lee -9.7
Owsley -35.1
Breathit -30.5
Perry -38.3
Clay -6.6
Leslie -27.2
Knott -19.6
Floyd -26.3
Pike -19.9
Letcher -38.0
Harlan -59.2
Bell -39.7
2012 American Community Survey, US Census Bureau
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