Chelmsford, MA
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Chelmsford is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 35,149 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chelmsford is the 46th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Chelmsford 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.

Chelmsford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.63% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chelmsford is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chelmsford who work in management occupations (12.58%), office and administrative support (10.68%), and computer science and math (10.22%).

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

Because of many things, Chelmsford is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Chelmsford a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Chelmsford has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Chelmsford’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

If knowledge is power, Chelmsford is a pretty powerful place. 50.57% of the adults in Chelmsford have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Chelmsford in 2010 was $45,386, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $181,544 for a family of four.

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

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