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Brookline, MA
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Living in Brookline


Brookline is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 63,191 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Brookline is the 18th largest community in Massachusetts. Brookline has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Brookline home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Brookline real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Brookline is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.42% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Brookline is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookline who work in management occupations (15.56%), healthcare (12.82%), and teaching (12.37%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Brookline has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Brookline has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Brookline is also a town of artists. Brookline has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Brookline’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Brookline telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.75% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Brookline, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Brookline is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Brookline a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Brookline, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.12 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Brookline 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Brookline area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Brookline. 83.57% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Brookline in 2018 was $74,549, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $298,196 for a family of four. However, Brookline contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brookline is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Brookline home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brookline residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Brookline include Irish, German, Italian, English, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brookline's cultural character, accounting for 29.18% of the town’s population.

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