Wayland, MA
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Living in Wayland


Wayland is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 13,882 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 95.14% 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 (21.88%), teaching (10.31%), and business and financial occupations (8.65%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.81% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 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.

Because of many things, Wayland is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Wayland really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wayland perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Wayland, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.87 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 82.99% 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 2018 was $81,107, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $324,428 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 Langs. of India.


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