New Salem is a very small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 1,770 people and just one neighborhood, New Salem is the 295th largest community in Massachusetts.
Occupations and Workforce
New Salem is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, New Salem is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Salem who work in teaching (22.32%), office and administrative support (11.69%) and management occupations (10.92%).
Also of interest is that New Salem has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, New Salem is also a town of artists. New Salem has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape New Salem’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.06% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Because of many things, New Salem is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making New Salem 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, New Salem has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, New Salem’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.