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 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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.94% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Marblehead, the average commute to work is 35.22 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Marblehead’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 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 subway 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Marblehead. 71.29% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
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.