Southbridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 16,865 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Southbridge is the 114th largest community in Massachusetts. Southbridge has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Southbridge is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southbridge is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southbridge who work in office and administrative support (13.01%), sales jobs (8.62%), and food service (7.81%).
The percentage of adults in Southbridge with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.35% of adults in Southbridge have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Southbridge in 2010 was $23,291, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,164 for a family of four. However, Southbridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Southbridge is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Southbridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southbridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Southbridge also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 32.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Southbridge include Irish, Italian, French Canadian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Southbridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.