Lexington is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 33,410 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 96.39% 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 (22.10%), computer science and math (9.41%), and business and financial occupations (9.25%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.60% 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lexington, the average commute to work is 32.06 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.
If knowledge is power, Lexington is a pretty powerful place. 79.65% 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 $70,005, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $280,020 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 English, Italian, German, and Russian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lexington's cultural character, accounting for 26.17% 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.