Wakefield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,157 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Wakefield is the 73rd largest community in Massachusetts. Wakefield has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
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 88.81% 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 (14.54%), office and administrative support (12.12%), and sales jobs (10.55%).
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.
Because of many things, Wakefield is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wakefield 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, Wakefield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 31.76 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Wakefield is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Wakefield, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Wakefield is a pretty powerful place. 50.73% of the adults in Wakefield 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 Wakefield in 2010 was $44,809, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $179,236 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.
The most common language spoken in Wakefield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.