Ipswich, MA
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Ipswich is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 13,804 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ipswich is the 149th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Ipswich 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.

Ipswich is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ipswich is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ipswich who work in teaching (13.13%), office and administrative support (11.58%), and management occupations (11.38%).

Also of interest is that Ipswich 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 Ipswich telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.75% 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.

Ipswich 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, Ipswich’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One of the nice things about Ipswich is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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

The citizens of Ipswich are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.63% of adults in Ipswich have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ipswich in 2010 was $43,461, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $173,844 for a family of four. However, Ipswich contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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