Framingham is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 72,362 people and 16 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.
Framingham is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Framingham is a city of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Framingham who work in management occupations (13.45%), sales jobs (9.63%), and office and administrative support (8.31%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.49% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
One downside of living in Framingham, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.14 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Framingham is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, taxis helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Framingham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Framingham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.75% 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 $45,769, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $183,076 for a family of four. However, Framingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Framingham is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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 16.49% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Framingham include Irish, Italian, Brazilian, English, and German.
In addition, Framingham has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.39%).
The most common language spoken in Framingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.