Newburyport, MA
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Newburyport is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 17,982 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Newburyport is the 110th largest community in Massachusetts. Newburyport has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Newburyport are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Newburyport is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Newburyport is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Newburyport who work in management occupations (17.58%), sales jobs (14.12%), and teaching (10.51%).

Also of interest is that Newburyport has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.28% 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.

In addition, Newburyport is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Newburyport 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Newburyport, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.77 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Newburyport is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Newburyport is a pretty powerful place. 59.89% of the adults in Newburyport have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Newburyport in 2010 was $50,814, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $203,256 for a family of four. However, Newburyport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Newburyport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Newburyport residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Newburyport include English, Italian, German, and French .

The most common language spoken in Newburyport is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.