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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.

People

Total Population 32,700
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 14,778
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 63.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 77.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $179,144
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 8.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 9%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,689
Median House Value $736,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.2%
US/American 1.4%
English 10.3%
Irish 14.5%

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 44,128 $128,930
Bedford 13,921 $139,205
Belmont 25,337 $141,086
Burlington 25,467 $109,726
Lincoln 7,270 $136,684
Woburn 39,104 $97,015

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

Lexington Public Libraries

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

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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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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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