The website Livability.com has named Lexington one of the top 10 college towns in America.
Livability.com showcases America's best places to live, providing what it says is an in-depth look at the most livable cities in North America.
Lexington ranked fifth after Boulder, Colo.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Columbia, Mo., according to a news release.
Livability.com editors considered a range of factors, including cost of living, walkability, cultural amenities and pollution levels. They then focused on cities where a university is the top employer and a key economic driver.
They considered student-to-resident ratios, educational attainment, college-led community outreach programs and the percentage of residents ages 21 to 34 (for evidence that people stick around or move in after graduation).
"For a small to mid-sized town, having a great college or university can add immeasurably to the livability," editor Matt Carmichael said. "Schools provide a level of economic stability, a constant influx of new residents, and cultural and sporting events that cities couldn't produce on their own."
"We're proud to be on that list," Lexington Mayor Jim Gray responded in a statement Friday, "Lexington is more than a college town; we are a university city. We get all of the positives of brilliant students, professors and graduates — from the University of Kentucky and also Transylvania University and Bluegrass Community & Technical College ... ."