Holliston is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,912 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 88.80% 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 (16.08%), teaching (10.35%), and sales jobs (9.55%).
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 8.42% 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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 36.12 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.
Even though Holliston 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 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 66.22% 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 2018 was $60,245, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $240,980 for a family of four.
Holliston is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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 Langs. of India and Spanish.