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Overview

Introduction to Lexington, Nebraska

Lexington, Nebraska located in Dawson County, is 161 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska and 201 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,090
Male Share of the Population51.5%
Female Share of the Population48.5%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+5,029
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married51.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,394
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,792
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,360

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,525
% Above Poverty Level79.6%
% Below Poverty Level20.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone19.8%
Median Gross Rent$688
Median House Value$83,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.4%
African8.9%
Somali8.4%
English3.2%
Irish3%
Swedish2%
Czech0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Polish0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Ethiopian0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
German0.2%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Lexington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dawson County
Standard Zip Codes68850
Phone Area Codes308
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.77
Approximate Longitude-99.74

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)

StationCANADAY STEAM PLANT
Distance6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 36 F
Apr Temp36 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp38 to 66 F
Annual Precip22.3 inches
StationOVERTON 3 W
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 37 F
Apr Temp36 to 64 F
Jul Temp61 to 88 F
Oct Temp36 to 68 F
Annual Precip24.1 inches
StationOCONTO
Distance25.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 35 F
Apr Temp32 to 61 F
Jul Temp60 to 86 F
Oct Temp35 to 65 F
Annual Precip22.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bertrand702$61,964
Cozad3,877$49,617
Elwood696$61,518
Eustis476$62,167
Overton704$58,250
Sumner253$46,389

Lexington Public Libraries

Lexington Public Library
907 NORTH WASHINGTON STREET
Lexington, Nebraska
(308) 324-2151

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Lexington Hospitals

Lexington Regional Health Center
(Government - District/authority)
1201 North Erie St
(308) 324-5651

Lexington Public Schools

Early Intervention/homebound
1501 Plum Creek Parkway, Po Box 890
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-1841
Primary
Morton Elementary School
505 S Lincoln, Po Box 820
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-3764
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Sandoz Elementary School
1711 N Erie
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-5540
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Lexington Middle School
1100 N Washington
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-2349
Middle
Total Enrollment 620
Lexington High School
705 W 13th St
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-4691
High
Total Enrollment 827
Pershing Elementary School
1104 N Tyler, Po Box 840
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-3765
Primary
Total Enrollment 296
Bryan Elementary School
1003 N Harrison
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-3762
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
Early Learning Academy
1503 Plum Creek Parkway
ZIP: 68850
(308) 324-1841
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
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