Hailed as a "Town on the Move," Lexington is fueled by economic development. The town boasts southern charm and grace, fostering a united, welcoming environment with neighbors who live and work to better the local community. Lexington is a safe, fun place to raise a family in one of the most beautiful regions of South Carolina. With a population of slightly more than 18,000 locals, Lexington maintains a small town feeling that attracts new residents each year. Look for Lexington apartments for rent, and experience the best qualities of Southern living.
Lexington is a descendent of the township of Saxe Gotha, which was established in South Carolina in 1735. The first settlers were of German and Swiss descent, and helped the local economy with the cultivation of corn, wheat, tobacco, hemp, flax, beeswax and livestock. Many battles were fought in the area during the American Revolution, including the Battle of Tarrar Springs. Lexington County was established in 1785, and the town's name was changed to commemorate the Massachusetts Revolutionary War battle. The town of Lexington was officially incorporated in 1861.
Today, Lexington continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. As the political center of Lexington County, the town offers many unique opportunities for people from all walks of life. Lexington apartments are the perfect home base to take advantage of the finest attractions in South Carolina.
Local students attend classes at universities 12 miles away in Columbia. The University of South Carolina, Benedict College, Midlands Technical College, Columbia International University, Allen University and South University join a host of other schools in town offering students diverse higher education opportunities.
South Carolina has a number of thriving industries, and many of these companies are located right in Lexington. The Lexington Medical Center is one of the largest in town with just less than 5,000 employees who work in various medical, administrative and support positions to provide critical medical care to residents of the Central South Carolina Midlands. Other top employers include the United Postal Service, Michelin Tire Corporation and Honeywell International. Seventy-three percent of Lexington residents work in management, sales and office occupations with an additional 10 percent holding jobs in the service industry.
With the pristine natural surroundings and convenience of nearby Columbia, Lexington residents pay reasonable rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the average apartment here costs $806 a month, which is $50 less than the national average. Everyday life is also very affordable in Lexington. The city received a cost of living index of 88.4, which is significantly below the United States average of 100.
Lexington has many inviting attractions that won't break the bank. Local favorites include walking along the Lake Murray Dam, picnicking in Gibson Pond Park or Virginia Hylton Park, or heading out on the water at the Three Rivers Greenway. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is also in town, and boasts thousands of species of plants and animals in a beautiful setting. The Zoo hosts events like Brew at the Zoo for beer lovers and Boo at the Zoo to celebrate Halloween.
Lexington is home to an annual Oktoberfest celebration, showcasing the finest selection of German beer, food and culture. With attractions tailored for people of all ages, Oktoberfest can be fun for the whole family. The Lexington Wine Walk also takes place annually for residents ages 21 and up, and features exhibitors, main street merchants and food and wine tastings from favorite local restaurants.
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