Lexington is a part of Middlesex County and one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. It is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Boston. Bordering towns include Burlington, Woburn, Concord, Waltham, and Cambridge.
Lexington has a reliable and expansive public transit system. It is served by the MBTA with bus service into Alewife Station, which has Red Line subway service into Boston. The town is also served by Lexpress, an in-town minibus service popular with students and seniors. Lexington is centrally located to Route 128 recognized as the high-tech corridor, and Route 2, so you can get where you need to go, including into Boston, in no time.
What started as a part of Cambridge established in 1630, Lexington was known as "Cambridge North Precinct" or more commonly, "Cambridge Farms". In 1713, Lexington was incorporated as its own town and the first public schoolhouse was built in 1715 on the town common.
More notably, Lexington was home to the first battle of the American Revolution in 1775. According to the town's official website,
"The first battle of the American Revolution took place in Lexington on April 19, 1775 and the town has long been known as "The Birthplace of American Liberty". On that fateful spring morning some seventy-seven militia members led by Captain John Parker stood on the Lexington Common to challenge the British troops. Eight were killed on the Common, seven of whom were residents of Lexington."
Lexington's multiple historical sites give residents and visitors a taste of the American Revolution. The Lexington Minuteman Statue stands on the southeast corner of the Lexington Battle Green. Captain John Parker is the man depicted who was the leader of the Lexington militia in 1775. Take a one-hour walking tour of the Battle Green to explore the many notable sites surrounding the Minuteman Statue, a National Historic Landmark. The Old Burying Ground is the oldest in Lexington with tombstones dating back to 1690. Burials include many Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers and veterans. Other historical attractions include the Old Belfry, Buckman Tavern, Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington Depot, and Munroe Tavern.
For those interested in arts, culture, and entertainment, the Lexington Symphony brings high-quality live music and entertainment to the community. The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society has guilds that specialize in basketry, beadwork, ceramics, decorative arts, metalwork, needlework, painting, photography, polymer clay, weaving, and woodworking. The Society's Gallery features monthly exhibits and an annual fair.
The Minuteman Bikeway, nearly 11 miles long, begins in Cambridge and runs through Arlington and Lexington. The bikeway is great for cycling, walking, jogging, or cross-country skiing. Other town conservation lands and parks provide great walking trails and recreational activities such as basketball courts, playgrounds, public pools and more.
Like to golf? Visit. Pine Meadows Golf Course, a 9 hole, 35 municipal course.
In 2017, Lexington was ranked the #1 place to live in all of Massachusetts. The high-quality schools, commute time, diversity, low crime rate, and outdoor activities among other qualities all make this community very desirable. There is a high rate of predominately single-family homes.
Lexington is also an extremely diverse community because of the large variety of racial and ethnic groups. Approximately 29% of Lexington residents were born outside of the United States.
According to a resident quoted in the Boston Agent Magazine in 2017,
"Growing up in Lexington, Ma., I have always felt safe. Most people that live in the town are employed and live with family. Lexington is a very family-oriented town. Education is very important in this town as well."
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