Hanson is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 10,630 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hanson is the 176th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Hanson 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 towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hanson is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hanson is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hanson who work in sales jobs (14.31%), office and administrative support (14.13%), and management occupations (11.95%).
Hanson 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, Hanson’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Hanson, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.66 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.
Even though Hanson is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Hanson is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.09% of adults in Hanson have a college degree.
The per capita income in Hanson in 2010 was $34,055, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $136,220 for a family of four.
The people who call Hanson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hanson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hanson include Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Hanson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.