Chelsea, MA

Chelsea profile

Living in Chelsea

Chelsea 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 39,690 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chelsea is the 44th largest community in Massachusetts. Chelsea has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Chelsea 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.

Chelsea is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Chelsea is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chelsea who work in food service (12.84%), maintenance occupations (9.33%), and sales jobs (7.94%).

Also of interest is that Chelsea 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 Chelsea 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.

In Chelsea, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.53 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. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense 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, Chelsea 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 Chelsea area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Chelsea citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.45% of adults 25 and older in Chelsea have a college degree.

The per capita income in Chelsea in 2018 was $25,284, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,136 for a family of four. However, Chelsea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chelsea is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chelsea home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Chelsea, accounting for 67.00% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chelsea residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chelsea include Irish, Italian, Brazilian, German, and Polish.

Chelsea also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 45.37%.

The most common language spoken in Chelsea is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.