Northampton, MA
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Northampton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 28,483 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Northampton is the 60th largest community in Massachusetts. Northampton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Northampton 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.

Northampton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northampton is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northampton who work in teaching (15.78%), office and administrative support (10.52%), and management occupations (10.32%).

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

Also of interest is that Northampton 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: 9.85% 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, Northampton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Northampton attending college, and as a result Northampton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Northampton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Northampton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Northampton. 57.56% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Northampton in 2010 was $35,892, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,568 for a family of four. However, Northampton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Northampton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Northampton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Northampton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Northampton include English, German, Polish, and Italian.

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