Norton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 19,202 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Norton is the 101st largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Norton 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.
Norton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norton is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norton who work in office and administrative support (12.66%), management occupations (12.61%), and sales jobs (10.40%).
Also of interest is that Norton 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: 8.74% 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, Norton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Norton attending college, and as a result Norton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Because of many things, Norton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Norton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Norton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Norton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Norton, the average commute to work is 32.66 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small town, Norton has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The citizens of Norton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.22% of adults in Norton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Norton in 2018 was $43,963, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $175,852 for a family of four.
The people who call Norton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Norton include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Norton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.