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Berkley, MA

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Overview


Berkley is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,797 people and just one neighborhood, Berkley is the 221st largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Berkley are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Berkley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Berkley is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Berkley who work in management occupations (14.72%), office and administrative support (11.98%), and healthcare (10.54%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.12% 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.

Setting & Lifestyle

Because of many things, Berkley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Berkley 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, Berkley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Berkley’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

As is often the case in a small town, Berkley doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Demographics

The population of Berkley is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.31% of adults in Berkley have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Berkley in 2022 was $50,050, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $200,200 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Berkley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Arabic.

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 Berkley, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

People

Of note is NeighborhoodScout's research finding that the neighborhood has some of the lowest rates of children living in poverty of any neighborhood in the United States. In a nation where approximately 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, the community truly stands out from the rest in this regard.

In addition, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, is among the best neighborhoods for families in Massachusetts. In fact, this neighborhood is more family-friendly than 97.2% of neighborhoods in the entire state of Massachusetts. Its combination of top public schools, low crime rates, and owner-occupied single family homes gives this area the look and feel of a "Leave It to Beaver" episode. Many other families also live here, making it easy to socialize and develop a strong sense of community. In addition, the high number of college-educated parents influences the academic success of the local schools. Overall, you will find all of the amenities a family needs to thrive in the neighborhood. In addition to being an excellent choice for families with school-aged children, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for urban sophisticates.

Car Ownership

American households most often have a car, and regularly they have two or three. But households in the neighborhood buck this trend. Residents of this neighborhood must really love automobiles. NeighborhoodScout's Analysis reveals that 42.5% of the households here have four, five, or more cars. That is more cars per household than in 98.8% of the neighborhoods in the nation.

Real Estate

Real estate in the neighborhood is almost exclusively owner-occupied. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher rate of owner-occupied housing than is found in 98.0% of U.S. neighborhoods. If you are seeking to rent, this neighborhood may not have many options, but high rates of ownership often indicate stability in a neighborhood.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more Portuguese and French ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 27.2% of this neighborhood's residents have Portuguese ancestry and 10.4% have French ancestry.

is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Portuguese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.8% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Berkley are wealthy, making it among the 15% highest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 91.8% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 0.0% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 100.0% of America's neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 45.8% 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 25.0% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (16.9%), and 12.3% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 96.5% of households. Some people also speak Portuguese (3.5%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the neighborhood in Berkley, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Portuguese (27.2%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (21.9%), and residents who report English roots (13.3%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (12.7%), along with some French ancestry residents (10.4%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (43.1% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (86.1%) 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 (5.8%) . 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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