|Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area|
Map of the Lexington-Fayette-Frankfort-Richmond CSA, with the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area highlighted in red.
|o MSA||1,484.07 sq mi (3,843.7 km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|o Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
The Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area is the 106th-largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States. It was originally formed by the United States Census Bureau in 1950 and consisted solely of Fayette County until 1980 when surrounding counties saw increases in their population densities and the number of their residents employed within Lexington-Fayette, which led to them meeting Census criteria to be added to the MSA.
The Lexington-Fayette MSA is the primary MSA of the Lexington-Fayette-Richmond-Frankfort combined statistical area which includes the Micropolitan Statistical Areas of Frankfort (Franklin and Anderson counties), Mount Sterling (Montgomery, Bath, and Menifee counties), and Richmond-Berea (Madison and Rockcastle counties). The Lexington-Fayette-Frankfort-Richmond combined statistical area has a July 1, 2012 Census Bureau estimated population of 703,271.
The following is a list of cities in the Lexington-Fayette metropolitan area with 2012 United States Census Bureau estimates of their population. Cities in bold are considered principal cities of the metropolitan area by the Census Bureau, which represent significant employment centers:
|Geographic Area||2010 Census||2000 Census||1990 Census||1980 Census||1970 Census||1960 Census||1950 Census|
|Bourbon County, Kentucky||19,985||19,360||19,236||19,405||18,476¹||18,178¹||17,752¹|
|Clark County, Kentucky||35,613||33,144||29,496||28,322||24,090¹||21,075¹||18,898¹|
|Fayette County, Kentucky||295,803||260,512||225,366||204,165||174,323||131,906||100,746|
|Jessamine County, Kentucky||48,586||39,041||30,508||26,146||17,430¹||13,625¹||12,458¹|
|Scott County, Kentucky||47,173||33,061||23,867||21,813||19,948¹||15,376¹||15,141¹|
|Woodford County, Kentucky||24,939||23,208||19,955||17,778||14,434¹||11,913¹||11,212¹|
o Populations are based on published estimates by the United States Bureau of the Census.
¹County was not a part of Lexington-Fayette MSA at the time of this Census and the county's population is not included in MSA total.