Townsend is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 9,515 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Townsend is the 188th largest community in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Townsend is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Townsend is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Townsend who work in office and administrative support (13.86%), teaching (9.20%), and management occupations (9.00%).
Also of interest is that Townsend has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Townsend is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Townsend’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Townsend, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.75 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The population of Townsend is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.55% of adults in Townsend have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Townsend in 2010 was $36,065, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,260 for a family of four.
The people who call Townsend home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Townsend residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Townsend include Italian, English, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Townsend is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Portuguese.