Norwood, MA


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Norwood is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 29,095 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Norwood is the 59th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Norwood 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.

Norwood is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norwood is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norwood who work in office and administrative support (15.97%), management occupations (12.43%), and sales jobs (11.04%).

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

In Norwood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.66 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Norwood use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Norwood‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Norwood ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Norwood, 43.83% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Norwood in 2010 was $40,941, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,764 for a family of four. However, Norwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Norwood is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Norwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Norwood include Italian, English, German, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Norwood's cultural character, accounting for 16.22% of the town’s population.

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