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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (15.05%), management occupations (12.96%), and sales jobs (9.42%).

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.

Because of many things, Braintree 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, Braintree really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Braintree 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.

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.

In Braintree, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.43 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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 education level of Braintree citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.55% of adults in Braintree have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Braintree in 2010 was $37,641, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $150,564 for a family of four. However, Braintree contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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, German, and French .

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