Brattleboro is a somewhat small town located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 11,607 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Brattleboro is the seventh largest community in Vermont. Much of the housing stock in Brattleboro was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brattleboro is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brattleboro is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brattleboro who work in management occupations (13.26%), office and administrative support (11.03%), and teaching (9.73%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.52% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
One of the benefits of Brattleboro is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.54 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Even though Brattleboro is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The population of Brattleboro 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: 36.78% of adults in Brattleboro have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Brattleboro in 2010 was $26,802, which is lower middle income relative to Vermont, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,208 for a family of four. However, Brattleboro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Brattleboro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brattleboro residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Brattleboro include Irish, German, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Brattleboro is English. Other important languages spoken here include Laotian and Spanish.