Lynn is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 101,253 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Lynn is the eighth largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Lynn was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Housing costs in Lynn 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lynn is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lynn is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lynn who work in office and administrative support (10.75%), sales jobs (8.79%), and food service (8.23%).
One of the nice things about Lynn 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.
One downside of living in Lynn is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lynn, the average commute to work is 32.30 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Lynn’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Lynn use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Lynn‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
In terms of college education, Lynn is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.45% of adults 25 and older in Lynn have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lynn in 2018 was $27,405, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,620 for a family of four. However, Lynn contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lynn is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lynn home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Lynn, accounting for 43.01% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Lynn residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lynn include Irish, Italian, English, French, and French Canadian.
In addition, Lynn has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (36.66%).
The most common language spoken in Lynn is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.