Belchertown is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 15,033 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Belchertown is the 130th largest community in Massachusetts.
Belchertown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Belchertown is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belchertown who work in office and administrative support (14.26%), teaching (11.89%), and management occupations (8.75%).
Also of interest is that Belchertown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Belchertown is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Belchertown’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
Even though Belchertown is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Belchertown is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.61% of adults in Belchertown have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Belchertown in 2010 was $36,359, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,436 for a family of four. However, Belchertown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Belchertown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belchertown residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Belchertown include English, French , Polish, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Belchertown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.