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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.76% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Ipswich 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, Ipswich has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Even though Ipswich 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.

The education level of Ipswich ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ipswich, 49.85% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.