Norwell, MA
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Living in Norwell


Norwell is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,115 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 88.91% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norwell is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norwell who work in management occupations (18.58%), office and administrative support (11.10%), and sales jobs (10.92%).

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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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.

In Norwell, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.20 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.

In Norwell, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Norwell is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Norwell is a pretty powerful place. 66.83% of the adults in Norwell have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Norwell in 2010 was $61,522, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $246,088 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 Irish, 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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