Winchester, MA
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Winchester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,417 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Winchester is the 90th largest community in Massachusetts. Winchester has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Winchester home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Winchester real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Winchester is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Winchester is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Winchester who work in management occupations (19.13%), sales jobs (10.30%), and business and financial occupations (9.79%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.55% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

In addition, Winchester is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Winchester 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, Winchester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Winchester 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 Winchester is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Winchester, the average commute to work is 30.40 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Winchester is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Winchester area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Winchester is a pretty powerful place. 70.24% of the adults in Winchester 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 Winchester in 2010 was $66,880, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $267,520 for a family of four.

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

Winchester also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.14%.

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