Whether you are moving to Lexington because you miss the four distinct seasons, or you love watching deer in the mornings, the city can be your new home during retirement.
The residents of Lexington are seeing a slight increase in population in recent years. According to the Census Bureau, the 2010 population census recorded 295,803 residents. The population estimates for 2015 show a growth of 6.3 percent, estimating 314,488 people. The percentage of females is comparable to the national average of 50.8 percent. Senior citizens, age 65 and over, make up 10.5 percent of Lexington’s population.
Of the 2010 census figures, 75.7 percent of residents identify as white, 14.5 percent as black or African-American, 6.9 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 3.2 percent as Asian, and 0.3 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 2.5 percent of residents identify as two or more races. 9.1 percent of citizens were born in another country with as many as 11.8 percent of people in Lexington speaking a language other than English at home.
Lexington experiences the four distinct seasons. The average temperature is 55.55 degrees F. The annual high temperature is 65.2 degrees and the annual low temperature is 45.9 degrees. During the summer months, the highs average in the mid 80s. The annual precipitation (rainfall) is 45.21 inches with a consistent amount falling each month throughout the year.
The average snowfall is 13 inches per year. During the winter months, the average temperatures range between the low 20s during the night and mid 40s during the day.
Sometimes due to a strong storm, or after a heavy snowfall that begins to melt, the creeks and streams can overfill and flash flooding occurs in Lexington and in other parts of Kentucky. If you are in a flood prone area, get to higher ground as soon as the emergency broadcast system announces the potential for flash flooding. You can also stay updated through the National Weather Service. FEMA recommends evacuation as soon as possible. Before a flood happens, consider purchasing flood insurance if it is offered in your area and document your belongings with a video camera for insurance purposes.
Did you know that 15,202 species of insects, 2,030 species of plants and ferns, and 67 species of animals are native to Kentucky? You may want to pick up a copy of the guidebook “Kentucky’s Natural Heritage” before your next hike or bird watching trip.
The following is a list of some of the trees and plants that can be found in Lexington: red maple, sugar maple, sweet birch, yellow birch, white ash, green ash, black cherry, white oak, scarlet oak, black willow, sassafras, American elm, eastern red cedar, red pine, flowering dogwood, sweetbay magnolia, witch hazel, ironwood, sweet fern, and elderberry.
You can find plenty of wildlife in Lexington as well as including deer, raccoons, opossums, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, bobcats, skunks, and more.
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