Wayland, MA
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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 95.39% 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.

A relatively large number of people in Wayland telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.20% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 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.

One downside of living in Wayland, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.52 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

If knowledge is power, Wayland is a pretty powerful place. 82.61% of the adults in Wayland have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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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