Melrose, MA
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Melrose is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,997 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Melrose is the 67th largest community in Massachusetts. Melrose has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 87.99% 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 (16.25%), office and administrative support (12.46%), and sales jobs (9.90%).

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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Melrose 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, Melrose really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Melrose 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.

One downside of living in Melrose is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Melrose, the average commute to work is 32.92 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 Melrose’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 Melrose use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Melrose‘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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Melrose. 52.97% 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 $44,413, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $177,652 for a family of four.

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 Portuguese and Spanish.