Natick, MA
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Natick is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 36,262 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Natick is the 48th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Natick are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Natick is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Natick is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Natick who work in management occupations (18.36%), sales jobs (11.17%), and teaching (9.64%).

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

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

In addition, Natick is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Natick 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, Natick really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Natick 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.

In Natick, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.64 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Natick is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Natick area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Natick. 68.90% 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 Natick in 2010 was $51,082, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $204,328 for a family of four.

Natick is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Natick home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Natick residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Natick include Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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