Dedham, MA
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Dedham is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 25,397 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Dedham is the 75th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Dedham 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.

Dedham is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Dedham is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dedham who work in management occupations (13.44%), office and administrative support (12.08%), and sales jobs (9.95%).

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

In Dedham, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.01 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Dedham is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Dedham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Dedham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.05% of adults in Dedham have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Dedham in 2010 was $42,653, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,612 for a family of four.

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

In addition, Dedham has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.51%).

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