Matthews is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 32,117 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Matthews is the 31st largest community in North Carolina.
Matthews real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Matthews house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Matthews is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Matthews is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Matthews who work in sales jobs (16.02%), management occupations (14.87%), and office and administrative support (9.96%).
Also of interest is that Matthews has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.28% 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.
If knowledge is power, Matthews is a pretty powerful place. 53.43% of the adults in Matthews 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 Matthews in 2010 was $38,118, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,472 for a family of four. However, Matthews contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Matthews is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Matthews home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Matthews residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Matthews include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Matthews is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.