Northampton, MA
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Northampton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 28,540 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Northampton is the 60th largest community in Massachusetts. Northampton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Northampton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.88% 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 (14.75%), office and administrative support (11.27%), and management occupations (10.70%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.61% 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.

Northampton is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Northampton enrolled in college, Northampton has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Northampton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Northampton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.96% 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 Northampton in 2010 was $35,516, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,064 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, Italian, and Polish.

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