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 90.58% 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 (12.28%), healthcare (11.84%), and business and financial occupations (10.46%).

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.

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.

Milton is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Milton enrolled in college, Milton has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Because of many things, Milton 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, Milton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Milton 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 of the nice things about Milton is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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 33.08 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. 62.56% 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 $47,870, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $191,480 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 and French Creole.