Ashland, MA
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Ashland is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 17,573 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 89.27% 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 (16.13%), office and administrative support (10.95%), and sales jobs (10.00%).

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.

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 33.02 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Ashland, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Ashland is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 59.64% 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 Ashland in 2010 was $46,112, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,448 for a family of four.

Ashland is a somewhat 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 Italian, English, German, and Russian.

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

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