Walpole is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,652 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Walpole is the 74th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Walpole 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.
Walpole is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Walpole is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Walpole who work in management occupations (18.15%), office and administrative support (11.84%), and business and financial occupations (9.08%).
Also of interest is that Walpole has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Walpole telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.97% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Walpole 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.
Because of many things, Walpole is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Walpole 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, Walpole has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Walpole’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Walpole is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Walpole, the average commute to work is 34.78 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Walpole is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Walpole, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Walpole. 55.05% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Walpole in 2018 was $52,718, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $210,872 for a family of four.
Walpole is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Walpole home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Walpole residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Walpole include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Walpole is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.