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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Melrose 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.

Melrose is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.56% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Melrose is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Melrose who work in management occupations (16.06%), office and administrative support (12.97%), and sales jobs (9.89%).

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 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.

In Melrose, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.61 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Melrose, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Melrose is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.51% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Melrose in 2010 was $43,866, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $175,464 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 French .

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