Framingham is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 72,032 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 (11.44%), sales jobs (11.29%), and office and administrative support (8.65%).
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 that you will notice about Framingham is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Framingham a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
In Framingham, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.92 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Framingham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Framingham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding taxis. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Framingham ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Framingham, 47.41% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Framingham in 2010 was $41,182, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $164,728 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 15.78% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Framingham include Irish, Italian, Brazilian, English, and German.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Framingham's cultural character, accounting for 28.41% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Framingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.