Holliston, MA
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Holliston is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,525 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Holliston is the 144th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Holliston 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.

Holliston is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.09% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Holliston is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Holliston who work in management occupations (17.23%), sales jobs (12.69%), and office and administrative support (9.14%).

Also of interest is that Holliston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Holliston 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, Holliston really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Holliston 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.

In Holliston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.90 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Holliston, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Holliston is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Holliston is a pretty powerful place. 60.02% of the adults in Holliston have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Holliston in 2010 was $45,066, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $180,264 for a family of four.

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

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

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