Chelsea has the 775th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 12.0% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Chelsea is part of the Boston metro area. Unemployment in the Boston area is 3.5%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Boston has the 9th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Chelsea is above average at $65,860, and the median cost of a home in Chelsea is $261,200, which is above the national average. 16% of workers in Chelsea hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 64% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Chelsea. 40% of Chelsea workers drive to work alone, 32% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 19% walk. People in Chelsea spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.