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Barre, MA

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Overview


Barre is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 5,533 people and just one neighborhood, Barre is the 241st largest community in Massachusetts. Barre has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns, Barre isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Barre are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Barre is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Barre who work in management occupations (15.32%), office and administrative support (11.50%), and teaching (10.03%).

A relatively large number of people in Barre telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.37% 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.

Setting & Lifestyle

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Barre has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Barre has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Barre than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Barre may be for you.

One downside of living in Barre is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Barre, the average commute to work is 35.19 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Demographics

The education level of Barre citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.27% of adults in Barre have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Barre in 2022 was $37,031, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,124 for a family of four. However, Barre contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Barre home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Barre residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Barre include Irish, English, Italian, French, and German.

The most common language spoken in Barre is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Barre, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

People

There is an especially high percentage of incarcerated people (1.2%) living in the neighborhood.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more Finnish and Lithuanian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 3.5% of this neighborhood's residents have Finnish ancestry and 2.5% have Lithuanian ancestry.

is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 6.6% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Polish at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 95.6% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Barre are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 73.4% of the neighborhoods in America. With 21.9% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 71.6% of U.S. neighborhoods.

What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.

In the neighborhood, 41.4% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 22.7% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (20.7%), and 15.2% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 98.7% of households. Some people also speak Polish (6.6%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the neighborhood in Barre, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as English (21.6%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (21.6%), and residents who report Italian roots (14.0%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (9.7%), along with some German ancestry residents (7.8%), among others.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 30 and 45 minutes commuting one-way to work (32.4% of working residents), which is at or a bit above the average length of a commute across all U.S. neighborhoods.

Here most residents (72.4%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (14.5%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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