Spencer, MA
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Spencer is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,810 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Spencer is the 157th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Spencer was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Spencer who work in office and administrative support (11.54%), sales jobs (9.23%), and teaching (8.61%).

One downside of living in Spencer is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Spencer, the average commute to work is 31.81 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The education level of Spencer citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.55% of adults in Spencer have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Spencer in 2010 was $29,335, 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 $117,340 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Spencer include Irish, English, Italian, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in Spencer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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