About Lexington’s international population

  • Based on 2023 FCPS ELL student enrollment, local estimates are that 23% of Lexington's total population are foreign language speakers.
  • Approximately 200+ languages from all parts of the world have been tracked in Lexington, and the current number is difficult to ascertain due to the movement of our population.
  • As of February 2023, Fayette County Public Schools have 96 languages represented in the English learning programs.
  • The top 10 foreign languages spoken in Lexington are Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Kinyarwanda, Korean and Portuguese in descending order.
  • Lexington is following a national trend towards Asian immigration and foreign language growth.


Last year, Kentucky’s top five export products were:

  • Aerospace products and parts – $7.9 billion
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicines – $3.3 billion
  • Motor vehicles – $2.7 billion
  • Resin, rubber, fiber and filament – $1.3 billion
  • Motor vehicle parts – $1.1 billion 

Foreign Direct Investment in Kentucky includes nearly 500 facilities that employ almost 110,000 people.

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