Winchester is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 22,970 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Winchester is the 90th largest community in Massachusetts. Winchester has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Winchester home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Winchester real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Winchester is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Winchester is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Winchester who work in management occupations (19.56%), business and financial occupations (10.60%), and healthcare (9.30%).
Also of interest is that Winchester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.06% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, Winchester 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, Winchester is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Winchester a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Winchester has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Winchester’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 Winchester, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.92 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Winchester is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Winchester, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Winchester is a pretty powerful place. 75.34% of the adults in Winchester 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 Winchester in 2018 was $84,353, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $337,412 for a family of four.
Winchester is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Winchester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Winchester residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Winchester include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
Winchester also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.69%.
The most common language spoken in Winchester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.