Wakefield, MA
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Living in Wakefield


Wakefield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 27,045 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Wakefield is the 73rd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Wakefield 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.

Wakefield is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wakefield is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wakefield who work in management occupations (15.97%), office and administrative support (11.66%), and sales jobs (10.49%).

Also of interest is that Wakefield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Wakefield is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Wakefield 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, Wakefield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wakefield 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 Wakefield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Wakefield, the average commute to work is 32.10 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Wakefield is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Wakefield, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Wakefield, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Wakefield is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.21% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Wakefield in 2018 was $52,519, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $210,076 for a family of four.

The people who call Wakefield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wakefield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wakefield include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French Canadian.

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