Williamstown, MA
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Williamstown is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 7,620 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Williamstown is the 206th largest community in Massachusetts.

Williamstown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Williamstown is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Williamstown who work in teaching (22.83%), office and administrative support (11.49%), and management occupations (10.19%).

Of important note, Williamstown is also a town of artists. Williamstown has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Williamstown’s character.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Williamstown has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Williamstown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Williamstown is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Williamstown to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

One of the benefits of Williamstown is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.84 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

If knowledge is power, Williamstown is a pretty powerful place. 61.58% of the adults in Williamstown have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Williamstown in 2010 was $30,862, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,448 for a family of four. However, Williamstown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Williamstown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Williamstown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Williamstown residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Williamstown include English, Italian, German, and French .

The most common language spoken in Williamstown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.