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Living in Harvard


Harvard is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,851 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harvard is the 220th largest community in Massachusetts.

Harvard home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Harvard real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Harvard is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harvard is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harvard who work in management occupations (25.54%), office and administrative support (11.56%), and business and financial occupations (10.85%).

Also of interest is that Harvard 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: 22.73% 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.

In addition, Harvard is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Harvard is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Harvard really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Harvard perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Harvard is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Harvard, the average commute to work is 33.36 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Harvard 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Harvard, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Harvard is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 63.58% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Harvard in 2018 was $60,938, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $243,752 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Harvard is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.


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