Brewster, MA
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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 9,918 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.

Unlike some towns, Brewster isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Brewster are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brewster is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brewster who work in sales jobs (13.84%), management occupations (10.33%), and office and administrative support (9.93%).

Of important note, Brewster is also a town of artists. Brewster has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Brewster’s character.

Another notable thing is that Brewster is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

Brewster is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Brewster’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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!) Brewster 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. Brewster has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Brewster than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Brewster may be for you.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

If knowledge is power, Brewster is a pretty powerful place. 50.20% of the adults in Brewster have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Brewster in 2010 was $37,792, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $151,168 for a family of four. However, Brewster contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, Italian, German, and Scottish.

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

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