Acton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,662 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 94.58% 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 (16.96%), computer science and math (14.04%), and teaching (9.93%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.95% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Acton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Acton, the average commute to work is 35.57 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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.
If knowledge is power, Acton is a pretty powerful place. 74.89% of the adults in Acton have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Acton in 2018 was $63,697, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $254,788 for a family of four.
Acton is an extremely 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 Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.
Acton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.80%.
The most common language spoken in Acton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.