Marshfield, MA
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Marshfield 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 25,709 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Marshfield is the 72nd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Marshfield are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Marshfield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.91% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Marshfield is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marshfield who work in management occupations (12.81%), office and administrative support (11.91%), and sales jobs (10.76%).

Also of interest is that Marshfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Marshfield is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Marshfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Marshfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Marshfield 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Marshfield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Marshfield, the average commute to work is 33.62 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Marshfield is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.12% of adults in Marshfield have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Marshfield in 2010 was $40,927, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,708 for a family of four.

The people who call Marshfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marshfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Marshfield include Italian, English, German, and French .

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