West Main Street in downtown Lexington in 2007
Location of Lexington, Ohio
|• Mayor||Eugene R. Parkison|
|• Total||3.81 sq mi (9.87 km2)|
|• Land||3.81 sq mi (9.87 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,217 ft (371 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,766|
|• Density||1,265.6/sq mi (488.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1064992|
Lexington is a village in Richland County in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is part of the Mansfield, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,822 at the 2010 census, an increase from 4,165 in 2000.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located just outside of Lexington in Troy Township. This venue hosted an annual round of the CART series from 1990 to 2003, has hosted the IndyCar Series since 2007, has hosted the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2013, hosts Honda Super Bikes, and Vintage Bikes in addition to a few other annual high profile events.
Lexington was founded by Amariah Watson, Jr. in 1812, a land speculator who had purchased wide lands locally in order to sell to other settlers. During the 1800s, Lexington had many taverns, hotels, and grist mills — most of which at one time or another burned to the ground. In the 19th century, leading members of the community were William Cockley Thad and Martin Kell, Les Griebling, Erwin Castor, Sgt. Patrick Gass, and Jacob Cook. The first road constructed through town was what is now State Route 97, and the second was what is now Lexington-Ontario Road. (From Robert A. Carter's - Tales Of The Old Timers, The History of Lexington)
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As of the census of 2010, there were 4,822 people, 1,970 households, and 1,366 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,265.6 inhabitants per square mile (488.7 /km2). There were 2,092 housing units at an average density of 549.1 per square mile (212.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.3% White, 1.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.
There were 1,970 households of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.
The median age in the village was 39.9 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,165 people, 1,626 households, and 1,230 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,134.7 people per square mile (438.2/km2). There were 1,686 housing units at an average density of 459.3 per square mile (177.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.17% White, 1.20% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.
There were 1,626 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $48,028, and the median income for a family was $57,313. Males had a median income of $47,857 versus $24,954 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,800. About 1.5% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
Notable natives and residents
- John Peter Altgeld, a governor of Illinois
- Olive San Louie Anderson, scholar and author
- Jamie Feick, basketball player in the NBA
- Candice Millard, writer, journalist
Courtney Earnest, tennis player, Ball State University
Law Enforcement - Lexington Police Department
Fire & EMS - Troy Township Fire Department
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