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Chelmsford, MA
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Living in Chelmsford



Chelmsford is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 35,906 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chelmsford is the 47th 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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Chelmsford telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.15% 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.

Because of many things, Chelmsford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Chelmsford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Chelmsford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Chelmsford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.47 minutes every day commuting to work.

If knowledge is power, Chelmsford is a pretty powerful place. 53.26% 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 2018 was $53,430, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $213,720 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in Chelmsford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Spanish.