Orleans, MA
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Orleans is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 5,846 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Orleans is the 233rd largest community in Massachusetts.

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

Orleans is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Orleans is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Orleans who work in sales jobs (13.76%), office and administrative support (12.47%), and management occupations (11.55%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Orleans telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.64% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Orleans is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Orleans has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Orleans has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Orleans than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Orleans may be for you.

Orleans is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Orleans is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.68% of adults in Orleans have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Orleans in 2010 was $43,602, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,408 for a family of four. However, Orleans contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Orleans home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orleans residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Orleans include Irish, German, Italian, and Portuguese.

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

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