Brewster is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 9,775 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Brewster is the 181st largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Brewster 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.
Brewster is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.44% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Brewster is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brewster who work in management occupations (17.07%), sales jobs (9.14%), and office and administrative support (8.70%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.61% 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.
Another notable thing is that Brewster is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
Because of many things, Brewster is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Brewster 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, Brewster has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Brewster’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Brewster is worth considering.
Brewster 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.
The citizens of Brewster are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.02% of adults in Brewster have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Brewster in 2018 was $45,363, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $181,452 for a family of four.
The people who call Brewster home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brewster residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Brewster include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Brewster is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.