Sharon is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,895 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Sharon is the 105th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Sharon 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.
Sharon is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sharon is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sharon who work in management occupations (17.17%), healthcare (10.80%), and computer science and math (10.02%).
Also of interest is that Sharon has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Sharon telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.28% 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.
Because of many things, Sharon is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Sharon really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Sharon perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Sharon, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 38.69 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Despite being a small town, Sharon has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Sharon is a pretty powerful place. 73.03% of the adults in Sharon have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Sharon in 2018 was $67,038, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $268,152 for a family of four.
Sharon is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Sharon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sharon residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sharon include Russian, Irish, German, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Sharon's cultural character, accounting for 23.59% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Sharon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Russian.