Bridgewater is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,395 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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bridgewater is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 sales jobs (13.73%), office and administrative support (13.49%), and management occupations (11.16%).
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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Bridgewater, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Bridgewater provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
In Bridgewater, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.73 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The citizens of Bridgewater are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.09% of adults in Bridgewater have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bridgewater in 2018 was $33,138, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,552 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 Irish, Italian, English, French, and German.
The most common language spoken in Bridgewater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.