Melrose, MA
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Living in Melrose


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". 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.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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 34.55 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Melrose is a pretty powerful place. 58.41% 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 $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.