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 95,032 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, New Bedford is the sixth largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in New Bedford was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

New Bedford is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).

One of the nice things about New Bedford is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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.