Chelsea is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 39,398 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chelsea is the 44th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Chelsea was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Housing costs in Chelsea 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.
Chelsea is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Chelsea is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chelsea who work in maintenance occupations (12.20%), office and administrative support (12.09%), and sales jobs (9.89%).
Chelsea is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Chelsea, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.72 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Chelsea is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Chelsea, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Chelsea rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.37% of adults 25 and older in Chelsea have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Chelsea in 2010 was $21,523, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,092 for a family of four. However, Chelsea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chelsea is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chelsea home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Chelsea, accounting for 62.80% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chelsea residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chelsea include Italian, Polish, English, and Cape Verdean.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Chelsea's cultural character, accounting for 44.44% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Chelsea is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.