West Stockbridge is a very small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 1,282 people and just one neighborhood, West Stockbridge is the 303rd largest community in Massachusetts.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in West Stockbridge 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.
Occupations and Workforce
West Stockbridge is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Stockbridge is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Stockbridge who work in office and administrative support (15.83%), sales jobs (14.48%) and teaching (14.34%).
A relatively large number of people in West Stockbridge telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.56% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, West Stockbridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, West Stockbridge 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 Stockbridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is West Stockbridge 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, West Stockbridge is worth considering.