LIVING IN NORTHAMPTON
Northampton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 28,483 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Northampton is the 60th largest community in Massachusetts. Northampton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Housing costs in Northampton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don’t compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Northampton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northampton is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northampton who work in teaching (15.78%), office and administrative support (10.52%), and management occupations (10.32%).
Of important note, Northampton is also a city of artists. Northampton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Northampton’s character.
Also of interest is that Northampton 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: 9.85% 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.