Ashland is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 17,807 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ashland is the 115th 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 88.45% 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 (12.70%), computer science and math (10.25%), and business and financial occupations (10.07%).
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.
In addition, Ashland 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, 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.
One downside of living in Ashland, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.53 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.
In Ashland, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Ashland is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Ashland is a pretty powerful place. 58.55% of the adults in Ashland 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 Ashland in 2018 was $55,890, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,560 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, English, German, and Brazilian.
In addition, Ashland has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.86%).
The most common language spoken in Ashland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.