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 94,654 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Lynn is the ninth 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, Lynn isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lynn are a mix 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 (10.67%), sales jobs (9.58%), and food service (8.78%).
Lynn 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.
One downside of living in Lynn, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.12 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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.
The percentage of adults in Lynn who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.55% of the adults in Lynn have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lynn in 2010 was $26,020, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,080 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 41.48% 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 Haitian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Lynn's cultural character, accounting for 36.18% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Lynn is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.