Ashland has the 1742nd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 2.3% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Ashland is part of the Boston metro area. Unemployment in the Boston area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Boston has the 9th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Ashland is above average at $65,860, and the median cost of a home in Ashland is $72,300, which is below the national average. 6% of workers in Ashland hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 61% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Ashland. 68% of Ashland workers drive to work alone, 11% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 12% walk. People in Ashland spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.