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Lexington city, Virginia (VA)

County population in 2019: 7,310 (all urban); it was 6,867 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 672
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 494
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,232
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,071 (it was 1,000 in 2000)
% of renters here:

45%
State:

33%

Land area: 2 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 2931 people per square mile   (very high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Lexington city: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (33.3%), Educational, health and social services (31.1%), Retail trade (17.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 51%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 0%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Lexington city, VA (2019)
    • 5,71278.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 6428.8%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 4636.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 2613.6%Asian alone
    • 1772.4%Two or more races
    • 120.2%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

22.5 years
Virginia median age:

38.5 years
Males: 4,153  (56.8%)
Females: 3,157  (43.2%)
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Average household size:
Lexington city:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $43,915 ($28,982 in 1999)
This county:

$43,915
Virginia:

$76,456

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $662 (lower quartile is $397, upper quartile is $945)
This county:

$662
State:

$1091


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $249,250 (it was $129,800 in 2000)
Lexington city:

$249,250
Virginia:

$288,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $117,310 - $393,653
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,080
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $490

Institutionalized population: 52
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,157 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,355 (0.9%)

Distribution of median household income in Lexington city, VA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Lexington city, VA in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Lexington city, VA in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 25.7%
Lexington city:

25.7%
Virginia:

9.9%
(21.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.3% for Black residents, 49.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 92.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 84.0% for other race residents, 103.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 22.5 years old
(Males: 21.7 years old, Females: 34.0 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 22.3 years old, Black residents: 46.4 years old, Asian residents: 21.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21.0 years old, Other race residents: 21.3 years old)

Area name: Rockbridge County-Buena Vista city-Lexington city, VA HUD Nonmetro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lexington city is $434 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $703 a month.

Lexington city has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Lexington city: Narrows Police Department (A), Narrows Fire Department (B), Glen Lyn Police Department (C), Rich Creek Volunteer Fire Department (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lexington city include: Rural Retreat United Methodist Church (A), Rural Retreat Baptist Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Frye Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Accomack County , Bollinger County, Missouri , Casey County, Kentucky , Mineral County, Colorado , Warrick County, Indiana , Nelson County, Kentucky .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.1%
Virginia:

4.6%

Unemployment by year in Lexington city, VA

Current college students: 2,876
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 47.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 347 (48.9% naturalized citizens)

Lexington city:

4.8%
Whole state:

12.7%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1612010 or later
  • 712000 to 2009
  • 721990 to 1999
  • 1221980 to 1989
  • 91970 to 1979
  • 38Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 10.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 42.1%

Lexington city marital status for males Lexington city marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 1,635
  • One, attached: 82
  • Two: 161
  • 3 or 4: 164
  • 5 to 9: 112
  • 10 to 19: 44
  • 20 to 49: 142
  • 50 or more: 111
  • Mobile homes: 21

Housing units in Lexington city with a mortgage: 683 (10 second mortgage, 80 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 463

Here:

59.6% with mortgage
State:

67.7% with mortgage

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Lexington city:

4.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Lexington city:

1.42 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
This county:

21.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lexington city:

9.1%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Lexington city:

26.8%
State:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

18.6%
State:

18.6%

Earthquake activity:

Lexington city-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 38% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 82.9 miles away from Lexington city center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 128.2 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:18, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 73.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi) earthquake occurred 81.5 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 85.5 miles away from Lexington city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 246.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Lexington city

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,417 (76.9%)
  • Carpooled: 342 (6.0%)
  • Bus: 16 (0.3%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 15 (0.3%)
  • Bicycle: 29 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 739 (12.9%)
  • Worked at home: 138 (2.4%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Educational services (38%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Information (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Educational services (36%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Information (4%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (15%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Firefighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Material moving occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (19%)
  • Taiwan (13%)
  • Korea (11%)
  • Australia (10%)
  • Nigeria (9%)
  • Philippines (9%)
  • Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia) (8%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Lexington city


  • American (18%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • German (9%)
  • English (8%)
  • European (4%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (3%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Lexington city, Virginia in 2000:

  • 2,118 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 142 people in nursing homes
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Lexington city, Virginia in 2010:

  • 1,398 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 1,112 people in college/university student housing
  • 52 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $82,294.

12.39% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($47,218 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.39%
Virginia average:

9.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
7.50% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($28,333 average AGI)
4.90% relocated from other states ($18,885 average AGI)
Lexington city:

4.90%
Virginia average:

3.61%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Rockbridge County, VA  4.03% ($43,316 average AGI)
from Buena Vista city, VA  1.02% ($26,450)


14.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($71,911 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

14.01%
Virginia average:

9.76%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
9.11% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($38,400 average AGI)
4.90% relocated to other states ($33,511 average AGI)
Lexington city:

4.90%
Virginia average:

3.89%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Rockbridge County, VA  4.45% ($69,573 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.9

Births per 1000 population in Lexington city

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 9.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Lexington city

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.0

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Lexington city
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 8.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 4.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Lexington city
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Lexington city
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Lexington city
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Lexington city
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Lexington city
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Lexington city

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,465 (1,309 aged, 156 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 48 (7%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Lexington city, Virginia in 1999 - 2019:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (13)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (12)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 14.47
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 26,657
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 651
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 158,263

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 472
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,004
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 30

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 122
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 280

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 30

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,310
  • Male householders: 917 (377 living alone), Female householders: 1,267 (724 living alone)
  • 685 spouses (685 opposite-sex spouses), 88 unmarried partners, (88 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 780 children (739 natural, 0 adopted, 39 stepchildren), 53 grandchildren, 59 brothers or sisters, 0 parents, 0 foster children, 27 other relatives, 516 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 2,894

Size of family households: 448 2-persons, 230 3-persons, 103 4-persons, 92 5-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,101 1-person, 174 2-persons, 16 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 8 6-persons.

366 married couples with children.
152 single-parent households (23 men, 129 women).

93.3% of residents of Lexington city speak English at home.
2.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (88% speak English very well, 12% speak English well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
2.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (70% speak English very well, 30% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $71,427,000 ($10,337 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $11,579,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $43,013,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,416,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,000
Federal grants: $8,437,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,211,000 ($1,631,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,346,000 ($3,650,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,503,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,226,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,184,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 222
Here:

33 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 359
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +68
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -3
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Lexington city

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.00 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

7.2
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.4

Year house built in Lexington city, Virginia
  • Year house built in Lexington city, Virginia
  • 242014 or later
  • 02010 to 2013
  • 782000 to 2009
  • 2991990 to 1999
  • 1871980 to 1989
  • 3431970 to 1979
  • 2841960 to 1969
  • 3931950 to 1959
  • 611940 to 1949
  • 7701939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lexington city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Lexington city, Virginia
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Lexington city, Virginia
  • 141 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 03 rooms
  • 514 rooms
  • 3025 rooms
  • 796 rooms
  • 1807 rooms
  • 2008 rooms
  • 3169+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lexington city, Virginia
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lexington city, Virginia
  • 841 room
  • 272 rooms
  • 1823 rooms
  • 1494 rooms
  • 2375 rooms
  • 1446 rooms
  • 1027 rooms
  • 918 rooms
  • 219+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lexington city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Lexington city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Lexington city, Virginia
  • 13no bedroom
  • 01 bedroom
  • 2632 bedrooms
  • 4853 bedrooms
  • 2844 bedrooms
  • 935+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lexington city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Lexington city, Virginia
  • 80no bedroom
  • 2211 bedroom
  • 3652 bedrooms
  • 2393 bedrooms
  • 1374 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Lexington city, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Lexington city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Lexington city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 40no vehicle
  • 3731 vehicle
  • 4502 vehicles
  • 2313 vehicles
  • 364 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Lexington city in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Lexington city in renter-occupied apartments
  • 251no vehicle
  • 4171 vehicle
  • 2702 vehicles
  • 1033 vehicles
  • 04 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

79.8% of Lexington city residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 17% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in Virginia.

Lexington city:

79.8%
State average:

84.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 2,952
  • Other state: 3,750
  • Northeast: 777
  • Midwest: 604
  • South: 1,630
  • West: 738
Year householders moved into unit in Lexington city, VA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lexington city
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 75.8%Utility gas
  • 19.1%Electricity
  • 2.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.4%Wood
  • 1.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 50.6%Utility gas
  • 49.4%Electricity

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Virginia:

10.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Virginia:

10.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 881
Here:

28.3%
Virginia:

20.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2004:

  • Total number of recipients: 206
  • Number of aged recipients: 25
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 181
  • Number of recipients under 18: 20
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 121
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 65
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 104
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 75
Most common first names in Lexington city, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary16280.3 years
William15974.6 years
James14772.4 years
John13372.7 years
Robert10173.9 years
Charles9574.3 years
Margaret6880.7 years
Elizabeth5781.9 years
George5172.5 years
Ruth5078.6 years
Most common last names in Lexington city, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith8475.9 years
Hostetter7673.4 years
Clark6972.9 years
Moore6375.5 years
Miller4278.1 years
Johnson4076.6 years
Higgins3870.9 years
Conner3875.9 years
Sorrells3573.7 years
Brown3379.6 years

Lexington city on our top lists:

  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"