Winchester, MA
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Winchester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,808 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Winchester is the 90th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Winchester was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

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 94.99% 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 (19.82%), business and financial occupations (11.10%), and sales jobs (10.34%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Winchester telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.27% 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.

In addition, Winchester 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, Winchester is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Winchester a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Winchester has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Winchester’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Winchester, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.90 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Winchester, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Winchester is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.25% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Winchester in 2010 was $71,188, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $284,752 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.

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