Lexington : South carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Lexington

Lexington is a town in central South Carolina with a 2017 population just over 21,000. Located west of Columbia, it is the county seat. The town has a vision plan for the future, which is an encouraging sign. The median household income at just under $70,000 is higher than the SC average. The population grew 66% between 2000 and 2009. It is very near Lake Murray, which offers many recreation possibilities. This is a part of SC that has had northerners move in to, some of whom enjoy it and some who do not. Photo of downtown Lexington courtesy of Wikipedia and HaloMasterMind,Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Lexington and Home Prices

There are many neighborhoods to choose from and some active adult communities in the area (see link at top right). The median price of a home was $160,000 in mid 2013. Some neighborhoods have community pools.


What Is Special about Lexington

The town is one of the fast growing towns in America. It is located near Lake Murray and Columbia. The Move Over Law, a law that requires drivers to change lanes when there is a stopped emergency vehicle on the side of the road, originated in Lexington, SC after a paramedic was struck and killed here. Lake Murray is held by a 1.7 mile long dam in which people are free to drive, bike, run, or walk across. There is a public swimming area. Paws Park is a park for dogs.


What Is Not Special about Lexington

It could feel provincial and southern to many transplanted northerners.

Who Will Like Retirement in Lexington

People who want to be near Lake Murray or be able to commute into nearby Columbia for work or entertainment will like the slower life in Lexington. Also, if you are looking for an active adult community, you might find one you like in this area.

Local Economy Is Driven by

As the county seat, the largest employer is the county, followed by the school district.


Climate and Physical Environment

Lexington is located near the center of the state. The average January temperature is in the mid 40's and the average July temperature in the low 80's. Year round humidity is higher than the national average. The city of Columbia is 15 miles away.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Parks Department sponsors Movies in the Park. The 2 top-rated restaurants on Trip Advisor are Ganbei and Antai, both offering Asian cuisine.



The crime rate is about 2/3 the national average.

Medical Facilities

There is the local Lexington Medical Center as well as more extensive facilities in nearby Columbia.


There is both an Amtrak station and a Metropolitan airport about 10 miles away in Columbia; Lexington is not considered a walkable community.


Valuable Links

Town of Lexington

What people are saying about Lexington

we hear good things about Lexington
Several visitors requested that we add this listing - seems like it could be a nice place to retire!
Posted by topretirementseditor on November 04, 2011

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