Newbury is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,926 people and just one neighborhood, Newbury is the 219th largest community in Massachusetts.
Real Estate Prices
Newbury home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Newbury real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Newbury is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Newbury is a town of managers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Newbury who work in management occupations (23.63%), office and administrative support (12.76%) and sales jobs (8.97%).
Of important note, Newbury is also a town of artists. Newbury has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Newbury’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.82% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, Newbury is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Newbury really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Newbury perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One of the nice things about Newbury 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.
One downside of living in Newbury is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Newbury, the average commute to work is 30.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
In Newbury, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Newbury is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.