Brockton, MA
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Brockton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 95,777 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 (14.64%), sales jobs (10.49%), and healthcare suport services (8.00%).

One downside of living in Brockton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.52 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Brockton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Brockton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, Brockton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.61% of adults 25 and older in Brockton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Brockton in 2010 was $24,278, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,112 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Brockton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brockton include Cape Verdean, Irish, Haitian, Italian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brockton's cultural character, accounting for 27.92% of the city’s population.

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