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 18,060 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 92.18% 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 (17.12%), sales jobs (12.92%), and teaching (9.57%).

Of important note, Newburyport is also a city of artists. Newburyport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Newburyport’s character.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Newburyport telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.99% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

One of the nice things about Newburyport 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.

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 61.04% 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 $54,980, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $219,920 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 Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.

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