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Halifax, MA

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Overview


Halifax is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 7,698 people and just one neighborhood, Halifax is the 210th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Halifax 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.

Occupations and Workforce

Halifax is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.97% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Halifax is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Halifax who work in management occupations (11.57%), office and administrative support (9.89%), and teaching (9.79%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.72% 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.

Setting & Lifestyle

Because of many things, Halifax is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Halifax 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, Halifax has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Halifax’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Halifax, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.55 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Demographics

The citizens of Halifax are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.74% of adults in Halifax have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Halifax in 2022 was $48,626, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $194,504 for a family of four.

The people who call Halifax home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Halifax residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Halifax include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

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

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.

People

Of note is NeighborhoodScout's research finding that the neighborhood has some of the lowest rates of children living in poverty of any neighborhood in the United States. In a nation where approximately 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, the community truly stands out from the rest in this regard.

In addition, if you're looking for a great spot to raise a family, then look no further than the neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's analysis found that the combination of good quality public schools, above-average safety from crime, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family homes, help make this neighborhood among the top 12.2% of family-friendly neighborhoods across the state of Massachusetts. In addition, there are a high proportion of other families with school-aged children living here, making it easy for parents and their children to socialize and develop a sense of community support. In addition, families here highly value education, as is reflected by the strength of the local schools, in part due to the educational attainment of the parents here, who vote in support of the public schools.

Real Estate

Real estate in the neighborhood is almost exclusively owner-occupied. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher rate of owner-occupied housing than is found in 96.5% of U.S. neighborhoods. If you are seeking to rent, this neighborhood may not have many options, but high rates of ownership often indicate stability in a neighborhood.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more Irish and Brazilian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 34.7% of this neighborhood's residents have Irish ancestry and 4.1% have Brazilian ancestry.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Halifax are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 82.0% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 0.0% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 100.0% of America's neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 46.8% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 27.6% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (13.6%), and 12.0% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 94.6% of households. Some people also speak Polish (3.7%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.

In the neighborhood in Halifax, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (34.7%). There are also a number of people of Italian ancestry (20.0%), and residents who report English roots (10.5%), and some of the residents are also of German ancestry (6.8%), along with some French ancestry residents (5.6%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (33.5% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (81.5%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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