Introduction to Lexington, Nebraska

Lexington, Nebraska located in Dawson County, is 161 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska and 201 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska. The city contains a population of approximately 10,011.

Lexington History

Named after the crucial Revolutionary War battle at Lexington, Massachusetts, the city is located on the Platte River. Lexington began as a frontier trading post in the 1860’s and was an important stop for the Pony Express. The city is the county seat of Dawson County, which was founded in 1860. The city was originally named Plum Creek, but Lexington adopted its present name in 1889.

Lexington and nearby Attractions

  • Dawson County Historical Museum
  • Johnson Lake State Recreation Area
  • Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles
  • Sandy Channel State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Lexington

Lexington provides easy access to the Johnson Lake State Recreation Area and the Sandy Channel State Recreation Area. Sites along the Oregon Trail are also nearby. The Dawson County Historic Museum and the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles provide glimpses into the city’s past. Lexington celebrates festivals such as the Dawson County Fair and the Plum Creek Rodeo every year.

Lexington Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kearney Municipal Airport.

Lexington Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at the University of Nebraska, Fort Hays State University or at Central Community College.


Total Population 10,152
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 9.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,004
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 53%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,216
% Above Poverty Level 78.6%
% Below Poverty Level 21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 20.4%
Median Gross Rent $670
Median House Value $76,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 3.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lexington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 161 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska (center to center)
Nearest Large City 201 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska
County Dawson
Standard Zip Codes 68850
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.78
Longitude -99.741

Lexington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 66 F
Annual Precip 22.3 inches
Station OVERTON 3 W
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 68 F
Annual Precip 24.1 inches
Station OCONTO
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 35 F
Apr Temp 32 to 61 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 65 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bertrand 749 $65,833
Cozad 3,905 $50,972
Elwood 756 $60,074
Eustis 394 $62,500
Overton 677 $58,333
Sumner 246 $57,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lexington Public Libraries

Lexington Public Library
Lexington, Nebraska
(308) 324-2151
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Lexington Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(308) 324-5651
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lexington High Schools

Serves 759 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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