Wellesley, MA
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Wellesley is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 29,215 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Wellesley is the 65th largest community in Massachusetts. Wellesley has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

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

Wellesley is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.63% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wellesley is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wellesley who work in management occupations (18.32%), sales jobs (14.92%), and business and financial occupations (10.92%).

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

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

A relatively large number of people in Wellesley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.93% 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.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Wellesley, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Wellesley provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Because of many things, Wellesley is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wellesley 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, Wellesley has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Wellesley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Wellesley use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Wellesley‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Wellesley. 83.83% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Wellesley in 2010 was $79,631, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $318,524 for a family of four.

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

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