Swampscott, MA
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Swampscott is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,477 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Swampscott is the 139th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Swampscott was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Housing costs in Swampscott are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Swampscott is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.98% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swampscott is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swampscott who work in management occupations (12.80%), sales jobs (11.21%), and office and administrative support (10.50%).

Also of interest is that Swampscott has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Swampscott 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, Swampscott is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Swampscott 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, Swampscott has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Swampscott’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Swampscott is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Swampscott, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.98 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Swampscott is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Swampscott. 56.26% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Swampscott in 2010 was $53,297, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,188 for a family of four.

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

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