Stow, MA

Stow profile

Living in Stow

Stow is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 7,174 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Stow is the 216th largest community in Massachusetts.

Stow home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Stow real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Stow is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Stow is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stow who work in management occupations (18.46%), teaching (15.59%), and sales jobs (10.58%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Stow, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Also of interest is that Stow 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 Stow telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.61% 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.

In addition, Stow is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Stow 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, Stow really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Stow 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 Stow, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.53 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Stow, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Stow is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.97% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Stow in 2018 was $59,831, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $239,324 for a family of four.

Stow is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Stow home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stow residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Stow include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Stow is English. Other important languages spoken here include Vietnamese and German/Yiddish.