Melrose, MA
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Melrose is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 28,193 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Melrose is the 67th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Melrose was built prior to World War II, 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 89.75% 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 (14.84%), sales jobs (10.23%), and business and financial occupations (9.82%).

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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.55 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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. 58.41% 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 $52,682, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $210,728 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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