Belmont, MA
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Belmont is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,171 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Belmont is the 75th largest community in Massachusetts. Belmont has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Belmont home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Belmont real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Belmont is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Belmont is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belmont who work in management occupations (15.74%), teaching (10.81%), and business and financial occupations (10.49%).

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

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Belmont has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Belmont is also a town of artists. Belmont has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Belmont’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.48% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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, Belmont 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, Belmont is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Belmont really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Belmont perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Belmont, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.67 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. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Belmont use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Belmont‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Belmont, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Belmont is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.37% 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 Belmont in 2010 was $60,029, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $240,116 for a family of four.

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

Belmont also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.28%.

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