Melrose, MA
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Melrose is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,928 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Melrose is the 67th largest community in Massachusetts. Melrose has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Melrose home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Melrose real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Melrose is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Melrose is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Melrose who work in management occupations (16.01%), office and administrative support (12.55%), and sales jobs (9.34%).

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

In addition, Melrose 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.

Melrose 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 city’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, Melrose’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Melrose, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.37 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Melrose is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Melrose, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Melrose. 53.44% 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 Melrose in 2010 was $46,307, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $185,228 for a family of four.

Melrose is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Melrose home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Melrose residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Melrose include Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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