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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Natick is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Natick a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Natick has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Natick’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Natick, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.64 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Natick use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Natick‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Natick is a pretty powerful place. 68.90% of the adults in Natick have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.