Wellesley, MA
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Wellesley is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 29,479 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Wellesley is the 65th largest community in Massachusetts. Wellesley has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 97.75% 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 (20.14%), sales jobs (14.71%), and business and financial occupations (10.97%).

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: 11.05% 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.

Wellesley is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Wellesley enrolled in college, Wellesley has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Wellesley, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Because of many things, Wellesley 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, Wellesley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wellesley 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 Wellesley, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.62 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Wellesley is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Wellesley, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Wellesley. 82.69% 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 $79,915, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $319,660 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.

In addition, Wellesley has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.20%).

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