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.

Winthrop is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Winthrop is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Winthrop, the average commute to work is 31.42 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Winthrop’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Despite being a small city, Winthrop has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The population of Winthrop is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.

In addition, Winthrop has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.59%).

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