Sturbridge, MA


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Sturbridge is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 9,514 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Sturbridge is the 184th largest community in Massachusetts.

Sturbridge is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sturbridge is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sturbridge who work in sales jobs (14.23%), management occupations (13.64%), and office and administrative support (13.36%).

Of important note, Sturbridge is also a town of artists. Sturbridge has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Sturbridge’s character.

Also of interest is that Sturbridge 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 Sturbridge telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.94% 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, Sturbridge is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Sturbridge a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Sturbridge has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Sturbridge’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The education level of Sturbridge ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Sturbridge, 43.22% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Sturbridge in 2010 was $38,358, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,432 for a family of four.

The people who call Sturbridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sturbridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sturbridge include French , English, Italian, and Scottish.

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

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