Lexington is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 18,917 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Lexington is the 45th largest community in North Carolina.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Lexington is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.12% of the Lexington workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Lexington is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lexington who work in sales jobs (10.62%), food service (10.24%), and office and administrative support (10.00%).
The citizens of Lexington are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.79% of adults in Lexington have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $15,828, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,312 for a family of four. Lexington also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.98% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Lexington is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American. Lexington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lexington include German, Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Lexington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.