West Bridgewater is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 7,281 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Bridgewater is the 217th largest community in Massachusetts. West Bridgewater has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Housing costs in West Bridgewater are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Bridgewater is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Bridgewater is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Bridgewater who work in office and administrative support (14.72%), management occupations (11.38%), and sales jobs (9.50%).
Also of interest is that West Bridgewater has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, West Bridgewater is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making West Bridgewater 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, West Bridgewater has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, West Bridgewater’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in West Bridgewater is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In West Bridgewater, the average commute to work is 31.88 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
The education level of West Bridgewater citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.44% of adults in West Bridgewater have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in West Bridgewater in 2018 was $39,353, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $157,412 for a family of four.
The people who call West Bridgewater home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Bridgewater residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Bridgewater include Irish, Italian, English, Portuguese, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in West Bridgewater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.