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 89.47% 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 (15.44%), sales jobs (10.56%), and teaching (9.32%).
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: 7.98% 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.
Holliston is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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.
One downside of living in Holliston, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.12 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Holliston. 65.89% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Holliston in 2010 was $57,253, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,012 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, Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Holliston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.