North Adams, MA
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North Adams is a somewhat small city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 13,263 people and four constituent neighborhoods, North Adams is the 142nd largest community in Massachusetts. North Adams has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, North Adams is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, North Adams is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in North Adams who work in office and administrative support (13.31%), sales jobs (8.46%), and management occupations (8.28%).

In addition, North Adams is a college town. There are a lot of students in North Adams attending college, and as a result North Adams provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

The citizens of North Adams are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.14% of adults in North Adams having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in North Adams in 2010 was $22,672, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,688 for a family of four. However, North Adams contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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