Northampton, MA

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Population

28,548

0.0491% growth

Median Age

39.4


Median Household Income

$62,838

1.66% growth

Poverty Rate

15%


Number of Employees

15,012

1.36% decline

Median Property Value

$318,000

1.53% growth

About

In 2017, Northampton, MA had a population of 28.5k people with a median age of 39.4 and a median household income of $62,838. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Northampton, MA grew from 28,534 to 28,548, a 0.0491% increase and its median household income grew from $61,813 to $62,838, a 1.66% increase.

The population of Northampton, MA is 81.1% White Alone, 8.67% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.17% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Northampton, MA speak a non-English language, and 97.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Northampton, MA are Smith College (1,057 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Northampton, MA is $318,000, and the homeownership rate is 54.6%. Most people in Northampton, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Northampton, MA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Northampton, MA employs 15k people. The largest industries in Northampton, MA are Educational Services (3,999 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,536 people), and Retail Trade (1,461 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($73,875), Wholesale Trade ($68,269), and Public Administration ($64,760).

Median household income in Northampton, MA is $62,838. Males in Northampton, MA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,850. The income inequality in Northampton, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,838

2017 value

± $3,013

1.66%

1 Year Growth

± 6.65%

Households in Northampton, MA have a median annual income of $62,838, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,813 in 2016, which represents a 1.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,043

Average Male Salary

± $1,786

$62,850

Average Female Salary

± $1,306

In 2017, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,516 ± $4,051

  2. White

    $64,668 ± $1,113

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,586 ± $39,015

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Northampton, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.485

2017 Wage GINI

0.485

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.485 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0457% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8222

  2. Census Tract 8219.01

  3. Census Tract 8217

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Northampton, MA was Census Tract 8222 with a value of $78,796, followed by Census Tract 8219.01 and Census Tract 8217, with respective values of $75,000 and $67,337.

The following map shows all of the places in Northampton, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Northampton, MA (3.76k out of 25.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    3,031 ± 423

  2. Hispanic

    680 ± 215

  3. Asian

    349 ± 176

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Northampton, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

15k

2017 Value

± 743

-1.36%

1 Year decline

± 7.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Northampton, MA declined at a rate of -1.36%, from 15.2k employees to 15k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Northampton, MA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,338 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,628 people), and Management Occupations (1,445 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Northampton, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Northampton, MA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,338 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,628 people), and Management Occupations (1,445 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Northampton, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.99 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.57 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (2.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Northampton, MA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($150,513), Protective Service Occupations ($105,714), and Legal Occupations ($92,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15k

2017 Value

± 743

-1.36%

1 Year decline

± 7.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Northampton, MA declined at a rate of -1.36%, from 15.2k employees to 15k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Northampton, MA, are Educational Services (3,999 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,536 people), and Retail Trade (1,461 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Northampton, MA, though some of these residents may live in Northampton, MA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Northampton, MA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (3,999 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,536 people), and Retail Trade (1,461 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Northampton, MA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.87 times higher than expected), Information (1.54 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Northampton, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($73,875), Wholesale Trade ($68,269), and Public Administration ($64,760).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $31.5B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $24.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $31.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($27.2B) and Electronics ($24.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Massachusetts products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$240B

2015 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $240B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $364B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Massachusetts trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.2B

  2. $13.2B

  3. $12.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $13.2B, followed by New York with $13.2B and Connecticut and $12.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Massachusetts shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

97.9% of the population of Northampton, MA has health coverage, with 56.6% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 10% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 0.761% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Northampton, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Northampton, MA see 954 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.421% increase from the previous year (950 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1010 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 185 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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954 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Massachusetts see an average of 954 patients per year. This represents a 0.421% increase from the previous year (950 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

2.14%

Uninsured

56.6%

Employer Coverage

17.2%

Medicaid

10%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

0.761%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Northampton, MA declined by 10.1% from 2.38% to 2.14%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Northampton, MA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Northampton, MA is home to a population of 28.5k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.68% of Northampton, MA residents were born outside of the country (2.19k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Northampton, MA is composed of 23.1k White Alone residents (81.1%), 2.48k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.67%), 1.48k Asian Alone residents (5.17%), 734 Two or More Races residents (2.57%), 705 Black or African American Alone residents (2.47%), 10 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.035%), 8 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.028%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Northampton, MA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Northampton, MA was 39.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Northampton, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Northampton, MA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.68%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.19k people

8.47%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.42k people

As of 2017, 7.68% of Northampton, MA residents (2.19k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Northampton, MA was 8.47%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    88,014 ± 7,236 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    84,884 ± 7,108 people

  3. Brazil

    66,506 ± 6,300 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 88,014 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

97.1%

2017 Citizenship

96.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.1% of Northampton, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Northampton, MA was 96.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    23.1k ± 542

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.48k ± 490

  3. Asian Alone

    1.48k ± 376

In 2017, there were 9.35 times more White Alone residents (23.1k people) in Northampton, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.48k Hispanic or Latino and 1.48k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Northampton, MA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Northampton, MA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Northampton, MA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Northampton, MA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    455 ± 115

  2. Korea

    207 ± 82

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    145 ± 90

Northampton, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Northampton, MA awarded 1,057 degrees. The student population of Northampton, MA is skewed towards women, with 61 male students and 2,835 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Northampton, MA are White (525 and 56.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (118 and 12.7%), Asian (103 and 11.1%), and Unknown (91 and 9.8%).

The largest universities in Northampton, MA by number of degrees awarded are Smith College (1,057 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Northampton, MA are Social Work (123 and 11.6%), Other Research & Experimental Psychology (84 and 7.95%), and General Political Science & Government (69 and 6.53%).

The median tuition costs in Northampton, MA are $47,620 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 68 degrees awarded

  2. 84 degrees awarded

  3. 69 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Northampton, MA was General Economics with 68 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Northampton, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,057 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$47,620

Median Private

In 2016, the Northampton, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Smith College with 1,057 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

19

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,038

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 19 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Northampton, MA, which is 0.0183 times less than the 1,038 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    525 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    118 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    103 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Northampton, MA were to White students. These 525 degrees mean that there were 4.45 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 118 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Northampton, MA was $318,000 in 2017, which is 1.46 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $313,200 to $318,000, a 1.53% increase. The homeownership rate in Northampton, MA is 54.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Northampton, MA have an average commute time of 19.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Northampton, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$62,838

Median Household Income

± $3,013

11.4k

Number of Households

± 623

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.4k households in Northampton, MA grew to $62,838 from the previous year's value of $61,813.

The following chart displays the households in Northampton, MA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$318,000

2017 Median

± $12,005

$313,200

2016 Median

± $13,639

In 2017, the median property value in Northampton, MA grew to to $318,000 from the previous year's value of $313,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Northampton, MA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Northampton, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Northampton, MA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Northampton, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

54.6%

2017 Homeownership

55.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.6% of the housing units in Northampton, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Northampton, MA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Northampton, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Northampton, MA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

19.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Northampton, MA have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.35% of the workforce in Northampton, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    65.3%

  2. Walked

    12.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    11.3%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Northampton, MA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Walked and those who Worked At Home.

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