Lexington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,391, and the 2016 population estimate was 286,186. Its county seat and largest town is Lexington. The county was created in 1785. Its name commemorates the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War. Lexington County is part of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 758 square miles (1,960 km²), of which 699 square miles (1,810 km²) is land and 59 square miles (150 km²) (7.8%) is water. The largest body of water is Lake Murray, while other waterways include Broad River, Saluda River and Congaree River.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 262,391 people, 102,733 households, and 70,952 families residing in the county. The population density was 375.4 inhabitants per square mile (144.9/km²). There were 113,957 housing units at an average density of 163.0 per square mile (62.9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.3% white, 14.3% black or African American, 1.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 2.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.2% were German, 14.0% were American, 12.5% were English, and 11.8% were Irish.
Of the 102,733 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, and 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 37.9 years.
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