Belmont is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,116 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Belmont is the 75th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Belmont was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Belmont home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Belmont real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Belmont is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Belmont is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belmont who work in management occupations (16.07%), teaching (11.06%), and business and financial occupations (10.45%).
Also of interest is that Belmont 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 Belmont 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.
Of important note, Belmont is also a town of artists. Belmont has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Belmont’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.85% 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.
In addition, Belmont 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, Belmont 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, Belmont really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Belmont 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.
In Belmont, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.55 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Belmont 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Belmont area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Belmont, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Belmont is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 75.39% 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 Belmont in 2018 was $67,640, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $270,560 for a family of four.
Belmont is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Belmont home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belmont residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Belmont include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Armenian.
Belmont also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.94%.
The most common language spoken in Belmont is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.