Today’s Gallup report recognizing “Massachusetts as the most liberal state in the country” caught my eye, since the detailed survey addresses many frequently asked questions we hear from clients who are considering moving to the Boston area. When presented with questions about socioeconomic issues, it's always helpful to have some strong data to share. Here are a few highlights I thought would be useful to folks looking to relocate to Boston.
Q: How’s the job market in Boston? A: Massachusetts is fortunate to have above average economic confidence, job creation, and percentage of employers who are hiring. In addition, Forbes recently named Boston one of the top 10 cities for job growth. Education and biotech fields are particularly strong.
Q: How much does it cost to live in Massachusetts?
A: There's no question about it, living in Massachusetts can be expensive, particularly if you live close to Boston. Massachusetts residents report an average median household income of $65,981 (compared to $52,762 nationwide). However, in many areas of eastern Massachusetts, the average median household income is much higher.
Q: What's the political landscape like in Massachusetts?
A: According to the Gallup report, 30.5% of Massachusetts residents self-identify as liberal. The report found that 52% of residents identify as being a Democrat or leaning Democrat, while 32% identify as Republican or leaning Republican.
Q. How diverse is Massachusetts?
A: The latest US Census report provides a quick glance at Massachusetts demographics, and compares them to the country at large.
Q. How religious are people in Massachusetts?
A: Gallup identified Massachusetts as one of the least religious states in the country, with 27% of residents reporting that they are very religious, compared with 40% of Americas nationwide. For this survey, the phrase "very religious" is defined as people who feel "religion is an important part of their daily life and attend religious services every week or almost every week." You can also get a good sense of the Boston area's religious diversity in a recent Pew Research report.
Q: Is the Boston area a family friendly place to live?
A: 24% of households have children who are 18 and under, so there are plenty of families and family activities here. Many of our clients tell us that the public schools and array of community activities are two reasons that attracted them to the area. In fact, 87 Massachusetts schools were included in US News & World Report's latest ranking of the Best High Schools in the country.
Q: Are Massachusetts residents welcoming of LGBT families?
A: Gallup reports show that acceptance of same-gender relationships is growing across the US, with more than half of Americans agreeing that same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. Although Gallup doesn't break those figures down by state, they did recognize that Massachusetts has among the highest percentage of residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) in the country. This includes 4.4% of Massachusetts residents, compared to the national average of 3.5%. And of course we were the first state to legalize same-gender marriage.
Have questions about moving to the Boston area? Please drop me a line at 508-904-4967 or email me. I'd be glad to help!