Holliston is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,939 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 89.53% 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 (17.68%), sales jobs (11.17%), and healthcare (8.59%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Holliston telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.65% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, Holliston is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Holliston is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Holliston 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, Holliston has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Holliston’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Holliston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.97 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.
Despite being a small town, Holliston has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Holliston, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Holliston is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.25% 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 Holliston in 2010 was $53,435, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,740 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 Irish, English, Italian, German, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Holliston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.