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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Lexington to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
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.
The education level of Lexington ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Lexington, 43.84% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
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.