Chelsea, MA, City and Higher Education Facts

Chelsea, Massachusetts, is a working-class community in the greater Boston area. Home to a large Hispanic population, Chelsea is within easy commuting distance of such renowned colleges and universities as Harvard, MIT and Emerson College. Read on to learn about the economy and higher education available in Chelsea.

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Information about Chelsea

One of the country's oldest municipalities, Chelsea, Massachusetts, was settled in the 1600s and has since become a suburb of Boston. Located directly across the Mystic River, the larger city is easily reached by rail or bus. Heavy immigration since the 1970s has created a population shift, and as of 2010, over 62% of Chelsea's estimated 35,177 residents were Hispanic, 3% were Asian and 9% were African American, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. Whites accounted for about 48% of the population. The population has continued to increase to 38,861, according to 2014 estimations.

Tiny Chelsea (the city only covers 2.2 square miles of land) offers scenic views of the Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline. The area's cultural and recreational amenities are unrivaled, from the Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Aquarium in Boston to the MIT Museum in nearby Cambridge. The area is famous for its diverse cultures, including the historic neighborhoods of Boston's North End and downtown Chinatown.

Higher Education in the Area

Within 6 miles of Chelsea, in Cambridge, students have access to two of the most highly-regarded institutions of higher learning in the world, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other nearby colleges and universities include Boston University, Emerson College and the Berklee College of Music, all in Boston itself, and Tufts University in Medford. A variety of quality community and technical schools in the area also offer certificates and associate degrees.

The Chelsea Economy

Chelsea's economy depends largely on its location on the Boston Harbor and its access to transportation by air, water and rail. Chelsea became a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution, and although the American manufacturing sector has since declined significantly, Chelsea has retained some of its industrial base. Despite being among the poorest cities in Massachusetts, Chelsea's new city government has emphasized economic development and the creation of new businesses. Local residents find employment in sectors such as sales, food services, construction and industrial production.

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