Grafton, MA
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Grafton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,540 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Grafton is the 102nd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Grafton 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.

Grafton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Grafton is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grafton who work in management occupations (14.64%), sales jobs (12.44%), and office and administrative support (12.20%).

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

Because of many things, Grafton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Grafton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Grafton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Grafton’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Grafton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.64 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Grafton. 50.29% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Grafton in 2010 was $42,542, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,168 for a family of four.

Grafton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Grafton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grafton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Grafton include Italian, English, French , and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Grafton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.