Acton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,662 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Acton is the 86th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Acton 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.
Acton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Acton is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Acton who work in management occupations (16.96%), computer science and math (14.04%), and teaching (9.93%).
Also of interest is that Acton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Acton is also a town of artists. Acton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Acton’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Acton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.95% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Acton 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, Acton’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 Acton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.57 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Acton is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Acton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Acton is a pretty powerful place. 74.89% of the adults in Acton 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 Acton in 2018 was $63,697, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $254,788 for a family of four.
Acton is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Acton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Acton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Acton include Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Acton's cultural character, accounting for 26.80% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Acton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.