Holliston, MA
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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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.42% 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, 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 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.

One downside of living in Holliston is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Holliston, the average commute to work is 36.12 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.

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 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.


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