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 86.23% 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 management occupations (12.78%), teaching (11.78%), and office and administrative support (10.39%).

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.

Of important note, Ipswich is also a town of artists. Ipswich has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ipswich’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.76% 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.

Because of many things, Ipswich 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, Ipswich really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Ipswich 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.

Ipswich is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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: 49.85% 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 $41,756, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $167,024 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ipswich include English, Italian, Polish, and German.

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