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.

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

Natick is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.55% 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 (16.69%), sales jobs (11.25%), and teaching (9.75%).

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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Natick is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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 31.78 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Natick is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Natick, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Natick is a pretty powerful place. 66.25% 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 $51,608, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $206,432 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.