Brockton, MA
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Brockton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 95,314 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Brockton is the seventh largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Brockton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brockton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brockton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Brockton who work in office and administrative support (14.49%), sales jobs (10.15%), and healthcare suport services (7.21%).

In Brockton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.24 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Brockton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Brockton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of adults in Brockton who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.72% of the adults in Brockton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brockton in 2010 was $22,231, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,924 for a family of four. However, Brockton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brockton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brockton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brockton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Brockton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brockton include Irish, Haitian, Italian, and English.

Brockton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.04%.

The most common language spoken in Brockton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and French Creole.