Nantucket, MA
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Nantucket is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,255 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Nantucket is the 145th largest community in Massachusetts.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Nantucket is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Nantucket is a town of construction workers and builders, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Nantucket who work in management occupations (14.82%), sales jobs (8.76%), and office and administrative support (7.65%).

Another notable thing is that Nantucket is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

Because of many things, Nantucket 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, Nantucket really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Nantucket 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.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Nantucket has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Nantucket has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Nantucket than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Nantucket may be for you.

One of the nice things about Nantucket is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Nantucket spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.75 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Nantucket are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.50% of adults in Nantucket have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Nantucket in 2018 was $57,246, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $228,984 for a family of four. However, Nantucket contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Nantucket is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Nantucket home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Nantucket residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Nantucket also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.07% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Nantucket include Irish, English, German, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Nantucket's cultural character, accounting for 15.62% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Nantucket is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.


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