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Lexington, Massachusetts


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Lexington, Massachusetts

Introduction to Lexington, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 4 miles N of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center) and 10 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The affluent suburban community is known for being the location of the Battle of Lexington, the initial battle of the American Revolution. It's a popular tourist destination which features numerous historic buildings, houses, monuments and parks with most going back to the Colonial and Revolutionary days. The town center includes numerous restaurants, shops, fine art galleries and the Depot Square.

Lexington History

It was settled in 1642 as the Cambridge Farms parish of Cambridge Massachusetts. Lexington was incorporated as a town in 1713. In the beginning, Lexington was a farming community. Throughout its history the downtown has been an active location. Lexington was the site of the initial battle of the American Revolutionary War. The city prospered by being close to Boston. During the 1960's and 1970's the population significantly increased due to the region's high-tech boom.

Lexington Attractions

  • Patriot's Day includes a Paul Revere's ride and a re-enactment of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
  • Buckman Tavern was the location where the Minutemen stayed while waiting to learn about British troop movements.
  • Hancock-Clarke House.
  • Munroe Tavern includes historic furniture.
  • The Old Belfry.
  • The Battle Green is situated in Lexington Centre and was the location of a prominent Revolutionary War battle. It features the well known Minuteman statue.
  • The Old Depot train station.
  • The Revolutionary Monument is regarded as the United States oldest war memorial and is the grave site of the colonists who died in the Battle of Lexington.
  • The National Heritage Museum offers exhibits on a variety of American history topics and popular culture.
  • Follen Church.
  • Old Burying Ground.
  • Minute Man National Historical Park includes sites of the initial battles of the American Revolution.
  • The Liberty Ride tour take visitors along the historic Battle Road with a guide wearing a historic costume.

Lexington Activities

Arlington's Great Meadow is a large, notable acreage. The Willards Woods Conservation Area includes a small forest landscape. The Minute Man Bikeway is a popular bike path. Golfers enjoy the Pine Meadows Golf Course. The nearby White Mountains provides opportunities for skiing, hiking and observing the scenic fall foliage. The North Shore towns offer the closest beach areas. Nearby Boston includes a wide variety of activities and entertainment.

Lexington Transportation

Air travel is provided at Logan International Airport in nearby Boston.

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High Points

Lexington strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lexington College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lexington Median Family Income
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Lexington Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Lexington Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Lexington People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Lexington Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Lexington Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 15% Lexington Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Lexington Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lexington, Massachusetts

Comparing Lexington to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Racial Diversity 3 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 4
Male Share of the Population 2 2

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 10 8
Average Household Size 7 6

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Short Commute Times 4 6

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4
People Living Alone 3 4
Housing Recently Built 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8

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Lexington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 02420, 02421
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.447
Longitude -71.225

Lexington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BEDFORD
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station READING
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station MIDDLETON
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
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Lexington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 30,355 100%
Male 14,265 47%
Female 16,090 53%
Under 18 8,003 26.4%
18+ 22,352 73.6%
65+ 5,767 19%
Median Age 43.7
Average Family Size 3.1
White 26,146 86.1%
African-American 343 1.1%
Asian 3,310 10.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 0.1%
Other 102 0.3%
Mixed Race 429 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 428 1.4%

Estimated Lexington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 30,266
Growth -89
Growth % -0.3%

Lexington Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
Irish 14.6%
English 11.2%
Italian 11.1%
German 6.3%
US/American 4.7%
Russian 4.2%
Polish 3.4%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Scottish 2.3%
Swedish 2.1%
Armenian 1.6%
Greek 1.5%
French Canadian 1.4%
British 1.3%
Eastern European 1.2%
European 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Portuguese 0.8%
Iranian 0.8%
Swiss 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
Israeli 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Haitian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
South African 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lexington 30,355 $111,899
Arlington 42,389 $78,741
Bedford 12,595 $101,081
Belmont 24,194 $95,057
Burlington 22,876 $82,072
Lincoln 8,056 $87,842
Woburn 37,258 $66,364

Lexington Public Libraries

Library
Cary Memorial Library
1874 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
Lexington, Massachusetts
(781) 862-6288
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1729 Massachusetts Ave
60 Bedford Street
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Lexington High Schools (2004)


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LEXINGTON HIGH
251 WALTHAM STREET
781-861-2340
Serves 1,828 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

MINUTEMAN REGIONAL HIGH
758 MARRETT RD
781-861-6500
A Vocational School
A Title I School.
Serves 715 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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House of Marrett and Nathan Munroe ca. 1900

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House of Marrett and Nathan Munroe ca. 1900

Harrington House between 1890 and 1901

Dining room (John Hancock House) ca. 1900

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