Framingham is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 74,416 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Framingham is the 14th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Framingham 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 towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Framingham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Framingham is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Framingham who work in management occupations (11.33%), sales jobs (10.42%), and office and administrative support (7.97%).
Also of interest is that Framingham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Framingham, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Framingham is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Framingham a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One downside of living in Framingham is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Framingham, the average commute to work is 31.57 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Framingham is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking taxis. For Framingham, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Framingham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.56% of adults in Framingham 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 Framingham in 2018 was $42,684, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,736 for a family of four. However, Framingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Framingham is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Framingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Framingham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Framingham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.11% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Framingham include Irish, Brazilian, Italian, English, and German.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Framingham's cultural character, accounting for 28.37% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Framingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.