Bourne, MA
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Bourne is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 19,681 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Bourne is the 95th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Bourne 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bourne is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bourne is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bourne who work in sales jobs (13.47%), management occupations (13.39%), and office and administrative support (11.70%).

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

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Bourne has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Bourne has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Bourne than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Bourne may be for you.

Bourne is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In terms of college education, Bourne is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.25% of adults in Bourne have a college degree.

The per capita income in Bourne in 2010 was $36,164, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,656 for a family of four. However, Bourne contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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