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. Waltham has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 88.30% 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 (12.34%), management occupations (10.77%), and sales jobs (9.77%).

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.

In addition, Waltham is a college town. There are a lot of students in Waltham attending college, and as a result Waltham provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

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.

The citizens of Waltham are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.74% of adults in Waltham have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Waltham in 2010 was $37,093, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,372 for a family of four. However, Waltham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waltham is an extremely 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 13.29% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waltham include Italian, English, German, and French .

Waltham also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.19%.

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