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.

Unlike some towns, Orleans isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Orleans are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Orleans is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orleans who work in sales jobs (15.20%), office and administrative support (11.04%), and management occupations (9.94%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.79% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Orleans has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Orleans a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about Orleans is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Orleans is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.38% 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 $44,687, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,748 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 Scottish.

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

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