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.

Because of many things, Melrose is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Melrose 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 city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Melrose has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Melrose’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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 33.37 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.

If knowledge is power, Melrose is a pretty powerful place. 53.44% of the adults in Melrose have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.