Framingham is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 71,265 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Framingham is the 14th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Framingham 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.
Also of interest is that Framingham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.80% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 thing that you will notice about Framingham is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Framingham a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
In Framingham, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.29 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Framingham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Framingham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding taxis. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Framingham. 50.65% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Framingham in 2018 was $48,470, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $193,880 for a family of four. However, Framingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Framingham is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Framingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Framingham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Framingham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Framingham include Irish, Brazilian, Italian, English, and German.
Framingham also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.97%.
The most common language spoken in Framingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.