Waltham, MA
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Waltham is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 63,378 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Waltham is the 16th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Waltham was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Waltham 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.

Waltham is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Waltham is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waltham who work in office and administrative support (12.44%), management occupations (10.32%), and sales jobs (9.25%).

Also of interest is that Waltham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Waltham, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Waltham provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Waltham is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Waltham, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Waltham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.41% of adults in Waltham have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Waltham in 2010 was $35,642, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $142,568 for a family of four. However, Waltham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waltham is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Waltham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waltham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Waltham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.07% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waltham include Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.

In addition, Waltham has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.49%).

The most common language spoken in Waltham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.