Lexington is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri. The population was 4,726 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lafayette County. Located in western Missouri, Lexington lies approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of Kansas City and is part of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It is the home of the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and of the former Wentworth Military Academy and College, the second-oldest military school west of the Mississippi River, opened in 1880.Lexington is located on the south bank of the Missouri River at the intersection of Missouri Route 13 and US Route 24.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.38 square miles (13.93 km2), of which 5.15 square miles (13.34 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,726 people, 1,867 households, and 1,201 families living in the city. The population density was 917.7 inhabitants per square mile (354.3/km2). There were 2,127 housing units at an average density of 413.0 per square mile (159.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 6.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.7% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.
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