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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.53% 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.
Lexington is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Lexington area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Lexington maintain a good economy.
Being a small city, Lexington does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Lexington are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.84% of adults in Lexington have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.