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 11,008 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 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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Nantucket has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Nantucket a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Nantucket spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.52 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

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.

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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