Acton, MA
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Acton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,549 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Acton is the 86th largest community in Massachusetts.

Acton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Acton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Acton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Acton is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Acton who work in management occupations (19.09%), computer science and math (11.21%), and teaching (9.41%).

Also of interest is that Acton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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.

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.

One downside of living in Acton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.34 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Acton is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Acton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Acton. 76.11% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Acton in 2010 was $57,283, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,132 for a family of four.

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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Acton include English, Italian, German, and Russian.

Acton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.06%.

The most common language spoken in Acton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Russian.