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. Much of the housing stock in Winchester was built prior to World War II, 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Winchester 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, Winchester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Winchester 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 Winchester, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.92 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Winchester use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Winchester‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
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.
In addition, Winchester has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.69%).
The most common language spoken in Winchester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.