Lexington, Tennessee

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Lexington is a city in Henderson County, Tennessee, United States. Lexington is midway between Memphis and Nashville, lying ten miles south of Interstate 40, which connects the two cities. The population was 7,393 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Henderson County[3]. Lexington was the birthplace of Sam "The Man" Taylor, a noted saxophonist.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.3 km²), of which 11.5 square miles (29.9 km²) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.4 km²) (1.45%) is water. Lexington is six miles south of Natchez Trace State Park.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,393 people, 3,039 households, and 2,036 families residing in the city. The population density was 640.4 people per square mile (247.4/km²). There were 3,371 housing units at an average density of 292.0/sq mi (112.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.50% White, 13.07% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 3,039 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,725, and the median income for a family was $41,429. Males had a median income of $31,558 versus $23,212 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,368. About 10.2% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

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