Lexington is a somewhat small city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 7,262 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Lexington is the 96th largest community in Virginia. Lexington has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Lexington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lexington is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lexington who work in food service (17.68%), teaching (15.03%), and office and administrative support (14.60%).
Of important note, Lexington is also a city 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 8.53% 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.
Lexington is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Lexington to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Lexington is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
Lexington is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.84% of adults in Lexington have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Lexington in 2010 was $14,792, which is low income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,168 for a family of four. However, Lexington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lexington is a very 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. Important ancestries of people in Lexington include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Lexington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Chinese.