Peabody is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 52,491 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Peabody is the 25th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Peabody 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Peabody is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Peabody is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Peabody who work in office and administrative support (15.41%), sales jobs (12.07%), and management occupations (9.88%).
Also of interest is that Peabody has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Peabody 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Peabody is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Peabody, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The overall education level of Peabody citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.08% of adults in Peabody have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Peabody in 2010 was $34,925, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,700 for a family of four. However, Peabody contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Peabody is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Peabody home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Peabody residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Peabody include Italian, English, French , and Portuguese.
In addition, Peabody has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.37%).
The most common language spoken in Peabody is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.