Lexington, MA
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Lexington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 33,394 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 96.62% 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 (21.70%), teaching (9.98%), and computer science and math (9.37%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Lexington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.60% 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.

Lexington is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Lexington’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Lexington, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.75 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Lexington is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Lexington, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Lexington is a pretty powerful place. 76.71% of the adults in Lexington have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $69,064, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $276,256 for a family of four.

Lexington is a very 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 Italian, English, German, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Lexington's cultural character, accounting for 24.35% of the town’s population.

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