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 5,863 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Orleans is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.79% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Orleans’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Orleans is worth considering.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The education level of Orleans ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Orleans, 49.38% 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 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 English, Irish, German, Italian, Scottish and French.
The most common language spoken in Orleans is English.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||2,956|
|ORLEANS HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||75.29%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||24.72%|
|TYPE OF ORLEANS HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||79.86%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||0.96%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||10.08%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||8.12%|
|SIZE OF ORLEANS HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||5.51%|
|AGE OF ORLEANS HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||7.68%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||51.71%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||23.67%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||16.95%|
|ORLEANS REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$600,955|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$974|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $54,000||0.00%|
|$54,001 - $109,000||0.00%|
|$109,001 - $217,000||6.28%|
|$217,001 - $326,000||7.87%|
|$326,001 - $435,000||17.99%|
|$435,001 - $543,000||14.99%|
|$543,001 - $815,000||20.51%|
|$815,001 - $1,087,000||15.16%|
|PEOPLE OF ORLEANS||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||2.26%|
|5 TO 17||6.20%|
|18 TO 24||5.58%|
|25 TO 34||5.16%|
|35 TO 54||21.50%|
|55 TO 64||18.15%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||41.15%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||97.19%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$58,235|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$44,687|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||4.82%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Retail (15.46%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (7.52%)
Information Technology (2.16%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||0.58%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.00%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.00%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.12%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||0.54%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||1.80%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||English (24.92%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (93.21%)
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