Wellesley, MA
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Wellesley is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 29,000 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 97.28% 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 (17.40%), sales jobs (12.72%), and business and financial occupations (10.87%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.90% 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, Wellesley is a college town. There are a lot of students in Wellesley attending college, and as a result Wellesley provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Wellesley is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Wellesley’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Wellesley is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Wellesley area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Wellesley, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Wellesley is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 83.40% 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 Wellesley in 2010 was $73,816, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $295,264 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.