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 20,555 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Marblehead is the 94th largest community in Massachusetts. Marblehead has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
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 93.30% 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 (19.46%), sales jobs (14.08%), and business and financial occupations (9.39%).
Of important note, Marblehead is also a town of artists. Marblehead has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Marblehead’s character.
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 10.43% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Marblehead is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Marblehead a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Marblehead has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Marblehead’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Marblehead 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 Marblehead, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.90 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Marblehead is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Marblehead, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Marblehead is a pretty powerful place. 70.62% of the adults in Marblehead have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Marblehead in 2018 was $69,202, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $276,808 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Marblehead include Irish, English, German, Italian, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Marblehead is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.