Lynn, MA
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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 92,457 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.

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 (13.61%), sales jobs (9.40%), and food service (8.80%).

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 30.97 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Lynn 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 Lynn area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Lynn citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.39% of adults 25 and older in Lynn have a college degree.

The per capita income in Lynn in 2010 was $23,823, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,292 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. The greatest number of Lynn residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lynn also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 35.51% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lynn include Italian, English, French , and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Lynn's cultural character, accounting for 32.29% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Lynn is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).