Milton, MA
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Milton is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,374 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Milton is the 66th largest community in Massachusetts. Milton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Milton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Milton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Milton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Milton is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Milton who work in management occupations (13.09%), office and administrative support (11.27%), and healthcare (10.04%).

Of important note, Milton is also a town of artists. Milton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Milton’s character.

Also of interest is that Milton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Milton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Milton attending college, and as a result Milton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

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

Milton is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Milton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Milton, the average commute to work is 32.66 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Milton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Milton, 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 Milton. 61.94% 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 Milton in 2010 was $48,152, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,608 for a family of four.

Milton is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Milton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Milton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Milton include Italian, English, German, and Haitian.

The most common language spoken in Milton is English. Other important languages spoken here include French Creole and French.