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 95.37% 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 (19.95%), sales jobs (11.29%), and business and financial occupations (10.17%).

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.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Winchester 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.00% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

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.

In Winchester, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.44 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Winchester is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Winchester, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Winchester is a pretty powerful place. 72.11% 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 $66,607, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $266,428 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Winchester's cultural character, accounting for 15.15% of the town’s population.

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