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 25,905 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 85.45% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Marshfield who work in sales jobs (11.74%), management occupations (11.44%), and office and administrative support (11.11%).

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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Marshfield 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, Marshfield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Marshfield’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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 33.13 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The citizens of Marshfield are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.72% of adults in Marshfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Marshfield in 2010 was $41,462, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $165,848 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

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