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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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, 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Acton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Acton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Acton's cultural character, accounting for 24.97% of the town’s population.

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