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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Bedford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (13.73%), sales jobs (8.86%), and management occupations (6.20%).

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 citizens of New Bedford are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.27% of adults in New Bedford have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in New Bedford in 2010 was $21,181, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,724 for a family of four. However, New Bedford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

New Bedford is a very 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 17.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Bedford include French , Cape Verdean, Irish, and English.

In addition, New Bedford has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.73%).

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