Palmer, MA
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Palmer is a somewhat small city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 12,191 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Palmer is the 155th largest community in Massachusetts.

Unlike some cities, Palmer isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Palmer are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Palmer is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Palmer who work in office and administrative support (12.53%), sales jobs (11.44%), and management occupations (9.68%).

The city 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, Palmer has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Palmer a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

As is often the case in a small city, Palmer doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Palmer citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.69% of adults 25 and older in Palmer have a college degree.

The per capita income in Palmer in 2010 was $26,778, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,112 for a family of four. However, Palmer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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