Wakefield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,135 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Wakefield is the 73rd largest community in Massachusetts. Wakefield 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 Wakefield 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.
Wakefield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.26% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wakefield is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wakefield who work in management occupations (14.02%), office and administrative support (11.93%), and sales jobs (10.00%).
Also of interest is that Wakefield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Wakefield 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.
Wakefield 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, Wakefield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Wakefield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.92 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Wakefield use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Wakefield‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Wakefield, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Wakefield is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.42% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Wakefield in 2010 was $48,020, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $192,080 for a family of four.
The people who call Wakefield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wakefield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wakefield include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Wakefield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.