Ashland, MA
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Living in Ashland


Ashland is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,832 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Ashland is the 104th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Ashland 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.

Ashland is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ashland is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashland who work in management occupations (13.39%), computer science and math (11.68%), and office and administrative support (9.63%).

Also of interest is that Ashland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Ashland telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.28% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Ashland is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Ashland is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Ashland 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, Ashland has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Ashland’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Ashland, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.49 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.

Despite being a small town, Ashland has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ashland. 60.71% 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 Ashland in 2018 was $57,139, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $228,556 for a family of four.

Ashland is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ashland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ashland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ashland include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Ashland's cultural character, accounting for 21.27% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Ashland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.