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 94.08% 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 (18.47%), sales jobs (14.17%), and teaching (11.35%).

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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.24% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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.

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Marblehead use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Marblehead‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Marblehead. 69.79% 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 2010 was $59,585, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $238,340 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 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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