Brookline, MA
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Brookline is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 59,195 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Brookline is the 18th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Brookline was built prior to World War II, 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 97.94% 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 (14.36%), teaching (12.64%), and healthcare (12.58%).

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.

One downside of living in Brookline is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brookline, the average commute to work is 30.58 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Brookline’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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. 80.83% 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 2010 was $62,148, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $248,592 for a family of four. However, Brookline contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brookline is a very 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 English, Russian, German, and Italian.

Brookline also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.20%.

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