Marblehead, MA
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Marblehead is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 20,517 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Marblehead is the 94th largest community in Massachusetts. Marblehead has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Marblehead home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Marblehead real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Marblehead is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Marblehead is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marblehead who work in management occupations (20.44%), sales jobs (13.79%), and teaching (10.41%).

Also of interest is that Marblehead 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 Marblehead telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.13% 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.

In addition, Marblehead is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Marblehead is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Marblehead’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Marblehead 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.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Marblehead, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Marblehead is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 68.29% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Marblehead in 2010 was $57,397, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,588 for a family of four.

The people who call Marblehead home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marblehead residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Marblehead include English, Italian, German, and Russian.

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

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