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 94.32% 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 (18.99%), computer science and math (10.55%), and business and financial occupations (9.23%).

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.

In addition, Acton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Acton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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 33.92 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Acton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Acton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Acton is a pretty powerful place. 74.32% 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 2010 was $55,357, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $221,428 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.

In addition, Acton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.97%).

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