Braintree, MA

Braintree profile

Living in Braintree

Braintree is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 37,190 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Braintree is the 42nd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Braintree 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.

Braintree is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Braintree is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Braintree who work in management occupations (12.89%), office and administrative support (12.45%), and business and financial occupations (9.29%).

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

Braintree 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.

One downside of living in Braintree, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.45 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Braintree is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Braintree area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Braintree is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.45% of adults in Braintree have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Braintree in 2018 was $44,618, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,472 for a family of four.

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

Braintree also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.01%.

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