Manchester by the Sea 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 5,336 people and just one neighborhood, Manchester by the Sea is the 242nd largest community in Massachusetts. Manchester by the Sea has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Real Estate Prices
Manchester by the Sea home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Manchester by the Sea real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Manchester by the Sea is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Manchester by the Sea is a town of managers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Manchester by the Sea who work in management occupations (28.04%), sales jobs (11.87%) and office and administrative support (11.83%).
Also of interest is that Manchester by the Sea has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Manchester by the Sea telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 19.16% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Because of many things, Manchester by the Sea is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Manchester by the Sea really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Manchester by the Sea perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Manchester by the Sea 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 Manchester by the Sea is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Manchester by the Sea, the average commute to work is 32.07 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Manchester by the Sea 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.