Lexington : North carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Lexington

Lexington has become a popular retirement community for the many baby boomers attracted to North Carolina and its smaller towns. Lexington is the County Seat of Davidson County; nearby towns include Thomasville and High Point. It has a nicely restored downtown. About 20,000 people live in Lexington and 150,000 in Davidson County.

Lexington is located in North Carolina's Piedmont region of rolling hills. Furniture making has been the main industry although construction is becoming more important. Lexington calls itself the "Barbecue Capital of the World" . The Lexington Barbecue Festival is one of the largest street festivals in North Carolina. There are over twenty barbecue restaurants in town, most of which feature the local "red slaw" as a side dish.

Many residents either commute to nearby Greensboro or Winston-Salem - or they enjoy the cultural offerings available there. Although the town has struggled to replace lost furniture jobs, it has a strong county economic development program. It recently won a National Main Street designation.

Where to Retire in Lexington and Home Prices

Active adults can either live in town or in some of the over 55 communities being built in the region.

City-Data.com reported the median price of a home in Lexington to be about $110,000 in mid 2012.


What is special about Lexington

Barbecue Festival attracts 100,000 people. Low taxes...growing medical complex...golf courses... quiet, friendly, growing downtown... close to Winston-Salem, High-Point, Salisbury, Greensboro. You can enjoy the social activities in the above cities with a lower cost of living and less congestion. Main Street USA designation.

What is not special about Lexington

I have been living in the city limits of Lexington, NC for 10 years and I don't find the crime rate to be high at all. As a matter of fact, I feel completely safe living here.

Who will like retirement in Lexington

If you like a slower paced life you will like Lexington. There are things enough things to do and we are close enough to large cities to make it a very pleasant place to live. Further, we are on the brink of getting more retail development and more homes suitable for empty nesters.

Local economy is driven by

Furniture making is the traditional industry although foreign competition has hurt. The area is trying to attract new residents who are either commuters or retirees as one way of filling those lost jobs.

Climate and Physical Environment

Lexington is in the rolling hills of North Carolina's Piedmont region.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

See Community Stage above. Childress Vineyards; The Bob Timberlake Gallery; Childress Racing Museum; High Rock Lake; and Uptown Lexington greatly enrich the cultural theme. If you would like to consider relocating to Lexington, NC you can e-mail me at pmcmatt@yahoo.com and I would be happy to provide with more information.


The crime rate is just slightly above the national average.

Medical facilities

Lexington Memorial Hospital. The Lexington Memorial system is growing. We are also very close to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and Rowan Regional.


There are terrific transportation offerings. 3 major airports are within 65 miles (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte). There are also 3 AMTRAK stations within about 20 miles. We also have a large private airport which is scheduled to add about 16 new hangars.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia on Lexington
Lexington City-Data
More community reviews at Topretirements
Lexington Tourism Web site
North Carolina Retirement Guide

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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