Norwell, MA
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Norwell is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 10,984 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Norwell is the 172nd largest community in Massachusetts.

Norwell home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Norwell real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Norwell is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norwell is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norwell who work in management occupations (17.29%), sales jobs (12.12%), and office and administrative support (9.76%).

Of important note, Norwell is also a town of artists. Norwell has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Norwell’s character.

Also of interest is that Norwell has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Norwell is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Norwell 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, Norwell really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Norwell 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 Norwell is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Norwell, the average commute to work is 35.73 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.

Even though Norwell 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Norwell. 58.65% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Norwell in 2010 was $51,084, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $204,336 for a family of four.

The people who call Norwell home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norwell residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Norwell include Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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

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