Spencer is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,992 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Spencer is the 162nd largest community in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Spencer is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Spencer is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spencer who work in office and administrative support (13.43%), management occupations (8.08%), and healthcare suport services (7.26%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.04% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Spencer has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Spencer has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Spencer than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Spencer may be for you.
In Spencer, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.17 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The percentage of adults in Spencer who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.82% of the adults in Spencer have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Spencer in 2018 was $36,527, 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 $146,108 for a family of four. However, Spencer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Spencer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Spencer residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Spencer include French, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Spencer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Vietnamese.