Medford, MA
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Medford is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 57,403 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Medford is the 20th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Medford was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Medford 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.

Medford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Medford is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Medford who work in office and administrative support (12.60%), management occupations (12.29%), and sales jobs (8.61%).

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

Medford 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 Medford is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Medford, the average commute to work is 31.39 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Medford’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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

The citizens of Medford are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.78% of adults in Medford 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 Medford in 2010 was $37,409, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,636 for a family of four. However, Medford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Medford is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Medford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Medford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Medford include Irish, German, English, and Haitian.

In addition, Medford has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.81%).

The most common language spoken in Medford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.