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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Nantucket is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Nantucket’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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.

One of the benefits of Nantucket is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.52 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The citizens of Nantucket are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.70% of adults in Nantucket have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.

Nantucket also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.32%.

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

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