Location and Climate


Lexington County's more than 260,000 residents enjoy a temperate climate. Lexington County is located in central South Carolina, midway (12 hours each way) between New York City, NY and Miami, FL.

On average the annual temperature is 63.3 degrees Fahrenheit. In January the average temperature is 44.7 degrees Fahrenheit, and July's average temperature is 81.0 degrees Fahrenheit. The total annual precipitation for the County is 49.1 inches.

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Lexington County is located in central South Carolina just south of the state capital of Columbia.  The City of Lexington serves as the county seat. Founded in 1804.

Coordinates: 33°58′52″N 81°13′51″W / 33.98111°N 81.23083°W
Coordinates: 33°58′52″N 81°13′51″W / 33.98111°N 81.23083°W

Land Area

Total: 758 sq mi (1,963 km²)
Land: 699 sq mi (1,810 km²)
Water: 59 sq mi (153 km²), 7.74%


2011: 262,391
Density: 308/sq mi (119/km²)

Lexington County’s location in the central part of the state makes it a major rail, highway, and air transportation hub.

By Road: The trucking industry finds our location pivotal. Three major interstate highways intersect here – l-20, l-26, and l-77. Two other interstates are less than an hour away – I-85 and I-95.  I-40, a major east-west trade route is less than 2 hours away.

By Air: Columbia Metropolitan Airport is served by Delta, US Airways and other major airlines with multiple, daily flights to key cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C, Houston and Atlanta. The facility is also used by UPS (Regional Air Hub), FedEx, DHL Global Forwarding and includes a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).

By Railroad: Two leaders in the railroad industry, CSX and Norfolk Southern both have a significant rail presence in Lexington County. The County’s rail system provides daily cargo service to the continental United States, Canada and Mexico and has global reach via direct lines to the Port of Charleston. Amtrak provides personal rail service and has a passenger depot in nearby Columbia.

By Sea: The Port of Charleston is one of the nation’s biggest container ports. More than 2,000 ships and barges from over 40 different lines use the port.  The port is a 90 minute drive via I-26 from Lexington County.

Driving Distances

Charlotte, NC – 1.5 hours
Charleston, SC – 2 hours
Greenville, SC – 2 hours
Myrtle Beach, SC – 2.5 hours
Savannah, GA – less than 3 hours
Miami, Fl – 12 hours
New York City, NY – 12 hours
Atlanta – 3 hours
Raleigh, NC – 5 hours
Jacksonville, FL – 5 hours

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