Norton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 19,948 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Norton is the 97th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Norton 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.
Norton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norton is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norton who work in office and administrative support (13.22%), management occupations (12.33%), and sales jobs (11.65%).
Also of interest is that Norton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Norton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Norton attending college, and as a result Norton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Norton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Norton’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Norton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.51 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 Norton, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Norton is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The education level of Norton ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Norton, 40.77% 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 Norton in 2018 was $43,647, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,588 for a family of four.
The people who call Norton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Norton include Irish, Italian, English, French, and German.
The most common language spoken in Norton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.