Braintree, MA
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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 37,497 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Braintree is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Braintree who work in office and administrative support (15.66%), management occupations (12.00%), and sales jobs (9.87%).

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.

One of the nice things about Braintree is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Braintree, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.62 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.

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

The population of Braintree 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: 36.98% of adults in Braintree have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Braintree in 2010 was $37,301, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,204 for a family of four.

Braintree is a somewhat 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 Italian, English, French , and German.

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