Acton, MA
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Acton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,633 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 95.52% 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 (18.54%), computer science and math (11.41%), and teaching (9.92%).

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Acton, the average commute to work is 34.65 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.

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. 77.33% 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 $59,614, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $238,456 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 25.49% of the town’s population.

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