Belmont, MA
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Belmont is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,458 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 94.11% 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 (15.87%), teaching (10.03%), and business and financial occupations (9.73%).

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: 9.23% 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 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.

One downside of living in Belmont, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.23 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Belmont is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Belmont, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Belmont is a pretty powerful place. 72.67% of the adults in Belmont have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Belmont in 2010 was $61,122, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $244,488 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 Armenian.

Belmont also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.30%.

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