Ashland is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 17,807 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ashland is the 115th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Ashland 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.
Ashland is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ashland is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashland who work in management occupations (12.70%), computer science and math (10.25%), and business and financial occupations (10.07%).
Also of interest is that Ashland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Ashland is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Ashland is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Ashland really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Ashland perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Ashland, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.53 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.
Even though Ashland is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Ashland is a pretty powerful place. 58.55% of the adults in Ashland 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 Ashland in 2018 was $55,890, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,560 for a family of four.
Ashland is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ashland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ashland residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ashland include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Brazilian.
Ashland also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.86%.
The most common language spoken in Ashland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.