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Every year, on the third Monday of April, the town observes Patriot's Day. Events begin with Paul Revere's Ride, with a special re-enactment of the scene at the Hancock-Clarke House. At 6am, there is a re-enactment of the skirmish on the Battle Green, with the unknown shot being fired from the nearby Belfry. After the rout, the British march on towards Concord, where, in 1775, they captured and destroyed arms stores.
Throughout the rest of the year many tourists enjoy tours of the town's historic landmarks, kept up by the town's historical society.
Lexington is located at 42°26'39" North, 71°13'36" West (42.444345, -71.226928).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 30,355 people, 11,110 households, and 8,432 families residing in the town. The population density is 714.6/km² (1,851.0/mi²). There are 11,333 housing units at an average density of 266.8/km² (691.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 86.13% White, 1.13% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 10.90% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 11,110 households out of which 37.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% are married couples living together, 7.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% are non-families. 20.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.66 and the average family size is 3.10.
In the town the population is spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $96,825, and the median income for a family is $111,899. Males have a median income of $81,857 versus $50,090 for females. The per capita income for the town is $46,119. 3.4% of the population and 1.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.2% of those under the age of 18 and 3.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Lexington is a sister city of: Antony, France
Celebrities from Lexington
- Henry Abraham -- Nobel Peace Prize, current resident
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee -- Inventor of the World Wide Web, current resident
- Noam Chomsky -- world famous professor of linguistics at MIT and left wing author, current resident
- Rachel Dratch -- member of the cast of Saturday Night Live, graduate of Lexington High School
- Nomar Garciaparra -- former Gold Glove-winning shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, former resident
- Mia Hamm -- Member of the United States women's national soccer team 17 times, former resident
- Salvador Luria -- Nobel Prize in Medicine, former resident
- Mario Molina -- Nobel Prize in Physics, current resident
- Amanda Palmer -- vocalist and pionist, of the band the Dresden Dolls grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended Lexington High School
- Clifford Shull -- Nobel Prize in Physics, former resident
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