Gloucester, MA
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Gloucester is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 29,781 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Gloucester is the 57th largest community in Massachusetts. Gloucester has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Gloucester 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 cities, Gloucester isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Gloucester are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gloucester is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gloucester who work in office and administrative support (11.86%), management occupations (10.58%), and sales jobs (9.91%).

Also of interest is that Gloucester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Gloucester is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Gloucester 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, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Gloucester area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Gloucester citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.42% of adults in Gloucester have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gloucester in 2010 was $37,771, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $151,084 for a family of four. However, Gloucester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Gloucester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gloucester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Gloucester include Irish, English, Portuguese, and German.

The most common language spoken in Gloucester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Portuguese.