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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,936
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens18.1%
Employed Population 16+15,099
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married64.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher79.6%
Median Earnings25+$91,444
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,897

Wealth

Median Family Income$181,699
% Above Poverty Level96.5%
% Below Poverty Level3.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home8.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.1%
% Using Public Transportation8.7%

Housing

People Living Alone20%
Median Gross Rent$1,799
Median House Value$769,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.5%
Irish13.3%
English10.6%
Italian10.3%
German7.5%
Russian4.5%
Polish3.2%
Scottish2.5%
French Except Basque2.3%
US/American1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Greek1.1%
Canadian1%
Norwegian0.8%
Austrian0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Arab0.7%
Lithuanian0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Israeli0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Estonian0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
African0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Albanian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Lexington Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City10 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes2420, 2421
Phone Area Codes339,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.447
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)

StationBEDFORD
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationREADING
Distance6.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationMIDDLETON
Distance15 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arlington44,408$132,692
Bedford14,088$146,146
Belmont25,555$141,106
Burlington25,698$110,517
Lincoln6,651$142,661
Woburn39,220$101,373

Lexington Public Libraries

Cary Memorial Library
1874 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
Lexington, Massachusetts
(781) 862-6288

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Lexington Public Schools

Jonas Clarke Middle
17 Stedman Rd
(781) 861-2450
Middle
Total Enrollment 825
Minuteman Regional High
758 Marrett Rd
(781) 861-6500
High
Total Enrollment 648
Bridge
55 Middleby Rd
(781) 861-2510
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Fiske
55 Adams St
(781) 541-5001
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Harrington
328 Lowell St
(781) 860-0012
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Lexington High
251 Waltham St
(781) 861-2320
High
Total Enrollment 1951
Bowman
9 Philip Rd
(781) 861-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Maria Hastings
7 Crosby Rd
(781) 860-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Wm Diamond Middle
99 Hancock St
(781) 861-2460
Middle
Total Enrollment 783
Joseph Estabrook
117 Grove St
(781) 861-2520
Primary
Total Enrollment 458

Lexington Private Schools

Meadowridge Pelham Academy
13 Pelham Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
Lexington Montessori School
130 Pleasant St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Lexington Christian Academy
48 Bartlett Ave
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 302
Armenian Sisters Academy
20 Pelham Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 76
Waldorf School Of Lexington
739 Massachusetts Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
Cotting School
453 Concord Ave
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 106
Community Therapeutic Day School
187 Spring St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
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Historic Lexington

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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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