Amesbury is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 17,532 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Amesbury is the 117th largest community in Massachusetts. Amesbury has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Housing costs in Amesbury 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.
Amesbury is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Amesbury is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amesbury who work in management occupations (12.06%), office and administrative support (11.59%), and teaching (10.02%).
Also of interest is that Amesbury has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Amesbury is also a city of artists. Amesbury has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Amesbury’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.74% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
One downside of living in Amesbury, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.60 minutes every day commuting to work.
The citizens of Amesbury are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.13% of adults in Amesbury have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Amesbury in 2018 was $42,607, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,428 for a family of four. However, Amesbury contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Amesbury home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Amesbury residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Amesbury include Irish, English, Italian, French, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Amesbury is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.