New Bedford, MA
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New Bedford is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 94,958 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, New Bedford is the sixth largest community in Massachusetts. New Bedford has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, New Bedford isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in New Bedford are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Bedford is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in New Bedford who work in office and administrative support (12.89%), sales jobs (9.40%), and management occupations (6.46%).

New Bedford 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.

The percentage of adults in New Bedford with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.95% of adults in New Bedford have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Bedford in 2010 was $21,665, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,660 for a family of four. However, New Bedford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

New Bedford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Bedford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Bedford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New Bedford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Bedford include Cape Verdean, French , Irish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of New Bedford's cultural character, accounting for 20.66% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in New Bedford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.