Wakefield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,847 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 87.29% 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 (12.24%), office and administrative support (12.01%), and sales jobs (12.01%).
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". 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.
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.
The education level of Wakefield ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Wakefield, 45.26% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Wakefield in 2010 was $40,051, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $160,204 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 Italian, English, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Wakefield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.