Winchester, MA
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Winchester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,851 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Winchester is the 90th largest community in Massachusetts.

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 94.66% 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 (19.85%), business and financial occupations (11.83%), and sales jobs (10.72%).

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.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Winchester, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.29 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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Winchester. 75.79% 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 Winchester in 2010 was $77,433, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $309,732 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.

In addition, Winchester has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.30%).

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