Dudley, MA
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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%).

In addition, Dudley is a college town. There are a lot of students in Dudley attending college, and as a result Dudley provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Because of many things, Dudley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Dudley 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, Dudley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Dudley’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In terms of college education, Dudley is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.93% of adults in Dudley have a college 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.

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