Wellesley is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 29,550 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Wellesley is the 64th largest community in Massachusetts.
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 96.60% 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 (22.35%), sales jobs (11.57%), and teaching (10.41%).
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 16.54% 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.
Wellesley, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.
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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Wellesley is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Wellesley, the average commute to work is 30.48 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Wellesley. 84.05% 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 2018 was $89,101, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $356,404 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, English, Italian, German, and Scottish.
In addition, Wellesley has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.47%).
The most common language spoken in Wellesley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.