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.

Newburyport home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Newburyport real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Newburyport is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.20% 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 (17.46%), sales jobs (15.16%), and teaching (9.63%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.83% 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.

In addition, Newburyport is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

In Newburyport, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.48 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Newburyport, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Newburyport is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 57.81% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Newburyport in 2010 was $48,428, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $193,712 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.