Chelsea, MA
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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. Chelsea has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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.

Unlike some cities, Chelsea isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chelsea are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chelsea is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chelsea who work in maintenance occupations (13.11%), office and administrative support (12.08%), and food service (10.95%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Chelsea is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chelsea, the average commute to work is 30.94 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Chelsea’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Chelsea use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Chelsea‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Chelsea are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.91% of adults in Chelsea have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Chelsea in 2010 was $21,722, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,888 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 64.21% 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, Cape Verdean, Polish, and English.

In addition, Chelsea has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (44.04%).

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