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By Christine Norcross | Agent in Wellesley, MA

By the Numbers: Statistics Show Wellesley's Success

Wellesley is a town brimming with success. From the schools to the businesses and from the recreational opportunities to the transportation offerings, this city is an attractive option for anyone looking to relocate.

Wellesley Demographics 

Wellesley is home to people of all ages and in all demographic groups. The area is especially attractive to families who are relocating from Boston or people who want to downsize to a smaller home in a gorgeous area.

  • 132 years ago, in 1881, this town officially became known as Wellesley. However, the area was beginning to be settled as early as the 1630s. 
  • 10.5 square miles of lush landscaping and developed residential and business areas make up the beautiful city.
  • 27,982 people call Wellesley home. 
  • 80 percent is the amount the town's population grew by in the roaring 1920's. Since 2000, Wellesley's population has increased by about 5 percent.
  • 38 is the average age of Wellesley residents, which is significantly lower than the average age for Massachusetts residents, which is 43.

Wellesley businessBooming Business

This area experiences significant business success. There are many employment options here and big corporations like Sun Life Financial, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Roche Bros., Biogen Idec and Towers Watson have offices in Wellesley. Wellesley also boasts businesses in the education, pharmaceutical, biotic and financial industries. 

  • 3.7 percent is the unemployment rate in Wellesley, which is nearly half the national unemployment rate of 7.7 percent.
  • $133,359 is the average household income here, which is much higher than the average in the state of Massachusetts: $64,081. 

The Best Education Opportunities

Wellesley is well known for its educational environment. The city not only has exceptional schools at all levels, but is also known for having a high concentration of citizens with degrees.

  • #1 city in the country for the highest percentage of adults with a college degree, according to Boston Magazine.
  • Second most educated small town in America, as ranked by Forbes in 2009.
  • 3 college campuses are in Wellesley: Wellesley College, Massachusetts Bay Community College and Babson College. 
  • 6th best college in the country is the rating Wellesley College received from Forbes.
  • #1 in entrepreneurship, for 14 consecutive years. Babson College received this ranking from the U.S. News and World Report.
  • 5th best college in the country for the ability to provide personalized executive education programs is the ranking Babson College received from The Financial Times.
  • 70th best public high school in the country. Wellesley High School received this ranking in 2007 from the U.S. News and World Report.

Transportation Options

The railroad first made its way to Wellesley in 1833. Since then, the city's transportation options have grown significantly, making for easy commutes and travel. Homes in the Wellesley real estate market benefit from being close to several transportation offerings.

  • 17 commuter rail trains run from Wellesley in to Boston and out to Farmingham and Worcester.
  • 3 train stations are located in Wellesley. One of them, the Wellesley Farms station is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. 
  • 5 major highways run through Wellesley: Interstate 95, Massachusetts Route 128, Massachusetts Route 9, Massachusetts Route 16 and Massachusetts Route 135. 

Recreational Offerings

Despite the residential and business development in Wellesley, the town has several recreational locations. The beautiful scenery and excellent weather make Wellesley ideal for outdoors enthusiasts. 

                              Wellesley recreation

  • 84 degrees is the July high and 16 degrees is the January low in Wellesley. 
  • 45 inches is the average rainfall for this area.
  • 25 miles of trails throughout Wellesley are available to walkers, runners and bikers.
  • 18 parks and recreation areas are perfect for family activities or a quiet afternoon in the great outdoors.
  • 6 summer camps for children between the ages of five and 15 provide hands-on entertainment and education.

These statistics can give you some insight into what Wellesley offers, but the best evidence of the city's success is the personal success and quality of life residents here enjoy.

For assistance finding a Wellesley home for sale, contact Christine Norcross at 781-929-4994.

Images courtesy of Pikturewerk/Flickr and loop_oh/Flickr.

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