Harvard is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,566 people and just one neighborhood, Harvard is the 221st largest community in Massachusetts.
Real Estate Prices
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.
Occupations and Workforce
Harvard is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harvard is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harvard who work in management occupations (23.38%), sales jobs (9.23%) and office and administrative support (7.89%).
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.
Of important note, Harvard is also a town of artists. Harvard has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Harvard’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.29% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Harvard 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, Harvard has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Harvard’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 Harvard is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Harvard, the average commute to work is 31.17 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.