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 95.80% 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 (22.03%), teaching (9.67%), and computer science and math (9.45%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.72% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Lexington is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Lexington a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Lexington has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 32.22 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Lexington, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Lexington is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 77.53% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $70,339, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $281,356 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 25.93% of the town’s population.

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