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Living in Harvard


Harvard is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,844 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.

Because of many things, Harvard 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, Harvard really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Harvard 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 Harvard, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.36 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 Harvard, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Harvard is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town 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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