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 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 97.15% 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 (18.67%), sales jobs (12.23%), and teaching (10.46%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.62% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 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.

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 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 82.15% 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 $71,733, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $286,932 for a family of four.

Wellesley is a somewhat 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.