Acton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 24,021 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Acton is the 85th 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 94.81% 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 (17.19%), computer science and math (12.39%), and teaching (10.03%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.54% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 is lower than average for the country.
In Acton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.94 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
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.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Acton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Acton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.43% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Acton in 2018 was $62,558, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $250,232 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: 26.86%.
The most common language spoken in Acton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.