Framingham is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 71,209 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.
Framingham is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.04% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Framingham is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Framingham who work in office and administrative support (13.22%), sales jobs (12.12%), and maintenance occupations (9.02%).
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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Framingham is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train 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. 46.06% 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 2010 was $34,275, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $137,100 for a family of four. However, Framingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Framingham is a very 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 Black or African-American. Framingham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.09% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Framingham include Italian, English, Brazilian, and Portuguese.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Framingham's cultural character, accounting for 27.01% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Framingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.