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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Williamstown to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Williamstown spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.84 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Williamstown. 61.58% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.