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 86.18% 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 (13.22%), management occupations (12.33%), and sales jobs (11.65%).
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.
One downside of living in Norton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.51 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
In Norton, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Norton is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The citizens of Norton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.77% 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 $43,647, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,588 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 Portuguese.