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 14,827 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Swampscott is the 139th largest community in Massachusetts. Swampscott has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 89.00% 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 (14.75%), office and administrative support (12.02%), and sales jobs (11.36%).
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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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.
One of the nice things about Swampscott is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Swampscott, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.16 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.
In Swampscott, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Swampscott is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Swampscott is a pretty powerful place. 55.00% of the adults in Swampscott have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Swampscott in 2010 was $54,237, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $216,948 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, German, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Swampscott is English. Other important languages spoken here include Russian and Spanish.