Acton is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 7,819 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Acton is the 451st largest community in California.
Housing costs in Acton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Acton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Acton is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Acton who work in management occupations (15.42%), office and administrative support (11.22%), and sales jobs (11.19%).
Of important note, Acton is also a town of artists. Acton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Acton’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Acton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.55% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because of many things, Acton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Acton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Acton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Acton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Acton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 41.02 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The education level of Acton citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.27% of adults in Acton have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Acton in 2010 was $36,795, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,180 for a family of four. However, Acton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Acton is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Acton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Acton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Acton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.63% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Acton include Irish, English, Finnish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Acton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.