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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Acton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Acton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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 34.34 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.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Acton's cultural character, accounting for 25.06% of the town’s population.

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