Lexington was first settled in 1642 as a farming community. The town experienced rapid housing development after World War II with the growth of the Boston urban area and the decline of agriculture. While the town is primarily residential, a number of industries and commercial establishments employ more than 16,000 people in Lexington. Services and manufacturing are the two largest employment sectors. The major shopping area is the central business district. Lexington Center is a well-maintained walk-able community center with boutiques, professional offices, banks, restaurants and cafes.
Lexington schools are a driving factor for young families moving to the community. Lexington High School was ranked #2 by Boston Magazine in 2014. There are 16 K-12 schools in Lexington, MA, including 10 public schools and 6 private schools. Lexington public schools belong to two districts, Lexington School District and Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District. For a complete description of school scores, visit education.com.