Norton, MA
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Norton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 19,468 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Norton is the 97th 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Norton is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norton who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), sales jobs (12.80%), and management occupations (11.37%).

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.

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

The education level of Norton citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.57% of adults in Norton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Norton in 2010 was $34,004, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $136,016 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Norton include Italian, English, French , and German.

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