Wareham is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,408 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Wareham is the 87th largest community in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wareham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wareham is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wareham who work in office and administrative support (13.37%), food service (10.87%), and sales jobs (10.14%).
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Wareham has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Wareham has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Wareham than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Wareham may be for you.
Wareham is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The population of Wareham overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Wareham, 21.19% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wareham in 2010 was $29,934, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,736 for a family of four. However, Wareham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wareham is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Wareham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wareham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wareham include Italian, English, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean.
The most common language spoken in Wareham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Arabic.