Dudley is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,587 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Dudley is the 163rd largest community in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dudley is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dudley is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dudley who work in office and administrative support (12.75%), management occupations (10.48%), and sales jobs (7.72%).
Dudley is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Dudley enrolled in college, Dudley has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Because of many things, Dudley 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, Dudley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Dudley 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.
The education level of Dudley citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.93% of adults in Dudley have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Dudley in 2010 was $30,229, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,916 for a family of four. However, Dudley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Dudley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dudley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dudley include Irish, French , Italian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Dudley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Greek.