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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Swampscott 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, Swampscott really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Swampscott 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.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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.