Braintree, MA

Braintree profile

Living in Braintree

Braintree 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 37,190 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Braintree is the 42nd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Braintree 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.

Braintree is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.16% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Braintree is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Braintree who work in management occupations (12.89%), office and administrative support (12.45%), and business and financial occupations (9.29%).

Also of interest is that Braintree 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 Braintree 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.

One downside of living in Braintree is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Braintree, the average commute to work is 34.45 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Braintree is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Braintree, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Braintree ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Braintree, 43.45% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Braintree in 2018 was $44,618, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,472 for a family of four.

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

Braintree also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.01%.

The most common language spoken in Braintree is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Vietnamese.