Walpole is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 25,125 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Walpole is the 78th 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 86.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Walpole is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Walpole who work in management occupations (15.24%), office and administrative support (12.73%), and sales jobs (11.02%).
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.
In addition, Walpole 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.
Walpole 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, Walpole’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Walpole, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.73 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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.
If knowledge is power, Walpole is a pretty powerful place. 50.51% of the adults in Walpole 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 Walpole in 2010 was $47,177, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $188,708 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 Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Walpole is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.