Winchester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,799 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Winchester is the 90th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Winchester was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Winchester home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Winchester real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Winchester is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Winchester is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Winchester who work in management occupations (19.88%), business and financial occupations (12.40%), and sales jobs (9.75%).
Also of interest is that Winchester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Winchester has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.47% 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.
In addition, Winchester is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Winchester 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, Winchester’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Winchester is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Winchester, the average commute to work is 35.17 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Winchester use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Winchester‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
If knowledge is power, Winchester is a pretty powerful place. 77.28% of the adults in Winchester 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 Winchester in 2018 was $79,752, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $319,008 for a family of four.
Winchester is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Winchester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Winchester residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Winchester include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Winchester's cultural character, accounting for 17.98% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Winchester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Portuguese.