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 86.64% 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 (13.41%), office and administrative support (10.20%), and sales jobs (9.96%).

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 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.

In Chelmsford, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.37 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The education level of Chelmsford ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Chelmsford, 49.63% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Chelmsford in 2010 was $44,699, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,796 for a family of four.

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 English, Italian, French , and German.

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