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Cohasset, MA
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Living in Cohasset



Cohasset is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 8,373 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cohasset is the 200th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Cohasset was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Cohasset home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Cohasset real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 22.37% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, Cohasset is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Cohasset is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Cohasset 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, Cohasset has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Cohasset’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Cohasset 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.

One downside of living in Cohasset is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Cohasset, the average commute to work is 36.37 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Cohasset is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Cohasset is a pretty powerful place. 71.63% of the adults in Cohasset 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 Cohasset in 2018 was $94,437, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $377,748 for a family of four.

The people who call Cohasset home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cohasset residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cohasset include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Swedish.

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


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