Brockton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 95,708 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Brockton is the seventh largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Brockton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brockton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brockton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Brockton who work in office and administrative support (12.29%), healthcare suport services (9.53%), and sales jobs (8.78%).
One downside of living in Brockton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brockton, the average commute to work is 30.74 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 Brockton’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Brockton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Brockton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The percentage of adults in Brockton who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.64% of the adults in Brockton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Brockton in 2018 was $27,439, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,756 for a family of four. However, Brockton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Brockton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brockton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brockton residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Brockton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.09% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brockton include Cape Verdean, Haitian, Irish, Italian, and English.
In addition, Brockton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.87%).
The most common language spoken in Brockton is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Portuguese.