Lowell, MA
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Lowell is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 110,558 people and 25 constituent neighborhoods, Lowell is the fourth largest community in Massachusetts. Lowell has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lowell is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lowell is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lowell who work in office and administrative support (13.00%), sales jobs (8.41%), and food service (7.29%).

Also of interest is that Lowell has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Lowell is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Lowell area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Lowell are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.30% of adults in Lowell having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lowell in 2010 was $22,890, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,560 for a family of four. However, Lowell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lowell is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lowell home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lowell residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Lowell also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lowell include French , Italian, Portuguese, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Lowell's cultural character, accounting for 25.68% of the city’s population.

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