Lexington, VA


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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 is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.84% 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 (16.11%), office and administrative support (14.14%), and teaching (13.61%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.24% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Lexington spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.50 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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 citizens of Lexington are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.79% 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 $15,627, which is low income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,508 for a family of four. However, Lexington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lexington is a somewhat 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 Spanish.

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