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. Much of the housing stock in Marblehead was built prior to World War II, 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 91.34% 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 (17.34%), sales jobs (12.93%), and business and financial occupations (9.61%).
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 9.94% 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.
In Marblehead, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.22 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
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. 71.29% 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 $69,148, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $276,592 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, Italian, German, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Marblehead is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.