Known as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington has traditionally been dominated by the horse industry and is also heavily influenced by the University of Kentucky, the flagship state university and largest employer in the city. The university sits immediately south of downtown Lexington. The horse industry has given Lexington an international reputation, a scenic countryside, and Keeneland Racecourse. UK has given it a college town atmosphere with a richer and more diverse culture than some might expect from its size and location. Lexington's compact central downtown district is surrounded by historic neighborhoods. Lexington (Fayette County) is in the heart of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky and is still home to hundreds of horse farms.