Sharon is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,895 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Sharon is the 105th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Sharon 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.
Sharon is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sharon is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sharon who work in management occupations (17.17%), healthcare (10.80%), and computer science and math (10.02%).
Also of interest is that Sharon 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: 7.28% 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.
Because of many things, Sharon is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Sharon really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Sharon perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Sharon is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Sharon, the average commute to work is 38.69 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Sharon is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Sharon is a pretty powerful place. 73.03% of the adults in Sharon have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Sharon in 2018 was $67,038, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $268,152 for a family of four.
Sharon is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Sharon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sharon residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sharon include Russian, Irish, German, English, and Italian.
Sharon also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.59%.
The most common language spoken in Sharon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Russian.