Wayland, MA
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Wayland is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 13,954 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Wayland is the 150th largest community in Massachusetts.

Wayland home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Wayland real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Wayland is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.39% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wayland is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wayland who work in management occupations (20.74%), business and financial occupations (10.25%), and teaching (9.41%).

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

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Wayland has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Wayland is also a town of artists. Wayland has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wayland’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.20% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, Wayland 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, Wayland is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wayland 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, Wayland has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Wayland’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Wayland, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.52 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Even though Wayland is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Wayland, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Wayland is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 82.61% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Wayland in 2010 was $78,839, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $315,356 for a family of four.

Wayland is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Wayland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wayland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wayland include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Russian.

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


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