Grafton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,883 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Grafton is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grafton who work in management occupations (15.72%), sales jobs (9.70%), and office and administrative support (9.38%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.87% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Grafton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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.
One downside of living in Grafton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.22 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.
Despite being a small town, Grafton has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Grafton. 50.43% 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 2018 was $47,834, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $191,336 for a family of four.
Grafton is a very 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 Irish, Italian, English, French Canadian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Grafton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.