Bridgewater is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,628 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Bridgewater is the 70th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Bridgewater 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.
Bridgewater is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bridgewater is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bridgewater who work in office and administrative support (16.24%), sales jobs (13.35%), and management occupations (10.68%).
Also of interest is that Bridgewater has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Bridgewater is a college town. There are a lot of students in Bridgewater attending college, and as a result Bridgewater provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
One downside of living in Bridgewater is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bridgewater, the average commute to work is 30.82 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Bridgewater is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bridgewater area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The population of Bridgewater 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: 34.61% of adults in Bridgewater have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bridgewater in 2010 was $33,204, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,816 for a family of four. However, Bridgewater contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bridgewater is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bridgewater home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bridgewater residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bridgewater include Italian, English, French , and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Bridgewater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.