Bridgewater, MA
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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 85.33% 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 (16.32%), sales jobs (13.63%), and management occupations (10.57%).

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.

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 31.10 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bridgewater use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bridgewater‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Bridgewater citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.00% of adults in Bridgewater have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bridgewater in 2010 was $31,977, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,908 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, German, and Portuguese.

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