Nantucket, MA
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Nantucket is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 10,925 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Nantucket is the 177th largest community in Massachusetts.

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

Unlike some towns, Nantucket isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Nantucket are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Nantucket is a town of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Nantucket who work in office and administrative support (13.66%), sales jobs (12.34%), and management occupations (9.89%).

Another notable thing is that Nantucket is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Nantucket is worth considering.

Nantucket 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 12.52 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Nantucket ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Nantucket, 43.70% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Nantucket in 2010 was $45,000, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $180,000 for a family of four. However, Nantucket contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Nantucket is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Nantucket home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Nantucket residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Nantucket also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.17% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Nantucket include Irish, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Nantucket's cultural character, accounting for 16.32% of the town’s population.

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

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