Harvard, MA

Harvard profile

Living in Harvard

Harvard is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,851 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harvard is the 220th largest community in Massachusetts.

Harvard home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Harvard real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Harvard is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 95.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Harvard is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harvard who work in management occupations (25.54%), office and administrative support (11.56%), and business and financial occupations (10.85%).

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 22.73% 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, Harvard 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.

Harvard 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, Harvard’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 Harvard, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.36 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.

Despite being a small town, Harvard has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Harvard is a pretty powerful place. 63.58% of the adults in Harvard 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 Harvard in 2018 was $60,938, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $243,752 for a family of four.

Harvard is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Harvard home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harvard residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Harvard include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Harvard is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.

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