Belmont, MA
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Belmont is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,330 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Belmont is the 75th largest community in Massachusetts. Belmont has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 94.45% 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 (15.47%), business and financial occupations (10.37%), and teaching (10.06%).

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: 9.34% 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Belmont is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Belmont 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, Belmont has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Belmont’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Belmont, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.30 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 subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Belmont. 72.91% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Belmont in 2018 was $62,602, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $250,408 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and European.

In addition, Belmont has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.48%).

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