Winthrop, MA
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Winthrop is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,164 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Winthrop is the 107th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Winthrop was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Winthrop are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Winthrop is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Winthrop is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Winthrop who work in management occupations (14.60%), office and administrative support (14.48%), and sales jobs (10.02%).

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

One of the nice things about Winthrop is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Winthrop, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.42 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. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

In Winthrop, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Winthrop is a relatively small city. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Winthrop are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.76% of adults in Winthrop have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Winthrop in 2010 was $36,329, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,316 for a family of four. However, Winthrop contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

Winthrop also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.59%.

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