Lexington, MA
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Lexington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 33,727 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Lexington is the 53rd largest community in Massachusetts.

Lexington home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Lexington real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Lexington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.35% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lexington is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lexington who work in management occupations (21.28%), computer science and math (9.36%), and teaching (9.15%).

Also of interest is that Lexington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Lexington has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Lexington is also a town of artists. Lexington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lexington’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Lexington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.15% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Lexington is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Lexington is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Lexington really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Lexington perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Lexington is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lexington, the average commute to work is 32.37 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Lexington is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Lexington area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Lexington. 81.61% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $74,427, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $297,708 for a family of four.

Lexington is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lexington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lexington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Lexington include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Lexington's cultural character, accounting for 25.90% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Lexington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.