The most populous cities in area code 859 are: Lexington, Covington, Richmond, Winchester, and Danville.
Other cities in the 859 area code include: Harrodsburg, Mount Sterling, Paris, Florence, Cynthiana, Berea, Springfield, Nicholasville, Carlisle, Bellevue, Williamstown, Walton, Versailles, Lancaster, Ft Mitchell, Warsaw, Burlington, Butler, Falmouth, Midway, Independence, Erlanger, Alexandria, Wilmore, Paint Lick, Salvisa, Willisburg, Sharpsburg, Union, Junction City, Perryville, Waco, Mackville, Glencoe, Crittenden, Sparta, and Salt Lick.
Lexington, consolidated with Fayette County, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 61st largest in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. With a mayor-alderman form of government, it is one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class ; the other is the state's largest city of Louisville. [a] In the 2016 U.S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 318,449, anchoring a metropolitan area of 506,751 people and a combined statistical area of 723,849 people. Lexington ranks tenth among US cities in college education rate, with 39.5% of residents having at least a bachelor's degree. It is the location of the Kentucky Horse Park, The Red Mile and Keeneland race courses, Rupp Arena, the world's largest basketball-specific arena, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, and Bluegrass Community & Technical College.
Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky. It is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers. Cincinnati, Ohio, lies to its north across the Ohio and Newport, Kentucky, to its east across the Licking. Part of the Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky metropolitan area, Covington had a population of 40,640 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census, making it the 5th-most-populous city in Kentucky. It is one of its county's two seats, along with Independence.
Richmond is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Madison County, Kentucky, United States. It is named after Richmond, Virginia, and is the home of Eastern Kentucky University. The population was 33,533 in 2015. Richmond is the third-largest city in the Bluegrass region (after Louisville and Lexington) and the state's sixth-largest city. Richmond serves as the center for work and shopping for south-central Kentucky. Richmond is the principal city of the Richmond– Berea Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison and Rockcastle counties.
The 859 area code lies within the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (or EDT). The current time in Eastern Daylight Time is 1:32 AM on Jun 08, 2023.