West Bridgewater is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 7,094 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.
West Bridgewater is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, West Bridgewater is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Bridgewater who work in office and administrative support (15.95%), management occupations (11.09%), and sales jobs (10.61%).
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 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, West Bridgewater really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is West Bridgewater 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 West Bridgewater, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.61 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.
Despite being a small town, West Bridgewater has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
In terms of college education, West Bridgewater is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.37% of adults in West Bridgewater have a college degree.
The per capita income in West Bridgewater in 2010 was $32,325, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,300 for a family of four. However, West Bridgewater contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Italian, English, French , and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in West Bridgewater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.