Norton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 19,948 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 a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.21% 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 management occupations (12.12%), sales jobs (11.81%), and office and administrative support (11.17%).
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.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Norton, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Norton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
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.
In Norton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.35 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Norton is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The citizens of Norton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.19% 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 $41,701, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $166,804 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, French, and German.
The most common language spoken in Norton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.