Swampscott, MA
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Living in Swampscott


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 15,298 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 89.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Swampscott is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Swampscott who work in management occupations (18.56%), teaching (9.77%), and sales jobs (9.20%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.41% 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.

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.

In Swampscott, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.10 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite being a small town, Swampscott has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Swampscott. 57.30% 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 2018 was $56,405, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $225,620 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Russian.

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