Wakefield, MA
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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 87.38% 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 (12.90%), sales jobs (12.80%), and office and administrative support (11.93%).

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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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 30.86 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.

The education level of Wakefield ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Wakefield, 46.54% 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 $40,220, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $160,880 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.