Amesbury is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 17,414 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Amesbury is the 117th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Amesbury was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Housing costs in Amesbury are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Amesbury is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Amesbury is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amesbury who work in management occupations (13.54%), office and administrative support (11.96%), and sales jobs (11.62%).
Also of interest is that Amesbury has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Amesbury is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
The education level of Amesbury ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Amesbury, 41.91% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Amesbury in 2010 was $40,686, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $162,744 for a family of four. However, Amesbury contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Amesbury home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Amesbury residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Amesbury include English, Italian, French , and German.
The most common language spoken in Amesbury is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and French.