Arlington, MA

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Population

44,992

1.32% growth

Median Age

41.4


Median Household Income

$103,594

5.6% growth

Poverty Rate

5.18%


Number of Employees

25,052

0.493% growth

Median Property Value

$577,600

5.63% growth

About

In 2017, Arlington, MA had a population of 45k people with a median age of 41.4 and a median household income of $103,594. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Arlington, MA grew from 44,408 to 44,992, a 1.32% increase and its median household income grew from $98,103 to $103,594, a 5.6% increase.

The population of Arlington, MA is 78.4% White Alone, 11.5% Asian Alone, and 4.31% Hispanic or Latino. 20.4% of the people in Arlington, MA speak a non-English language, and 90.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Arlington, MA is $577,600, and the homeownership rate is 60.9%. Most people in Arlington, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Arlington, MA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Arlington, MA employs 25.1k people. The largest industries in Arlington, MA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (5,281 people), Educational Services (4,438 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,167 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($123,500), Manufacturing ($102,171), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($96,612).

Median household income in Arlington, MA is $103,594. Males in Arlington, 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 Arlington, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$103,594

2017 value

± $4,898

5.6%

1 Year Growth

± 7.07%

Households in Arlington, MA have a median annual income of $103,594, 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 $98,103 in 2016, which represents a 5.6% 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 Arlington, MA 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 Arlington, MA 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 Arlington, 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 3561

  2. Census Tract 3564

  3. Census Tract 3566.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arlington, MA was Census Tract 3561 with a value of $123,393, followed by Census Tract 3564 and Census Tract 3566.02, with respective values of $118,075 and $117,847.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 75+

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arlington, MA (2.31k out of 44.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 65 - 74.

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

    1,632 ± 288

  2. Asian

    469 ± 175

  3. Two Or More

    139 ± 142

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Arlington, MA is White, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

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

25.1k

2017 Value

± 1,014

0.493%

1 Year growth

± 5.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arlington, MA grew at a rate of 0.493%, from 24.9k employees to 25.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arlington, MA, are Management Occupations (3,669 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,734 people), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2,385 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arlington, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arlington, MA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (3,669 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2,734 people), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2,385 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Arlington, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (5.97 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (3.27 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arlington, MA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($110,234), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($103,669), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($101,414).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

25.1k

2017 Value

± 1,014

0.493%

1 Year growth

± 5.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arlington, MA grew at a rate of 0.493%, from 24.9k employees to 25.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arlington, MA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (5,281 people), Educational Services (4,438 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,167 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arlington, MA, though some of these residents may live in Arlington, 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 Arlington, MA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (5,281 people), Educational Services (4,438 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,167 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Arlington, MA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3.01 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.59 times), and Information (2.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arlington, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($123,500), Manufacturing ($102,171), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($96,612).

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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 with $27.2B and Electronics and $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

98.9% of the population of Arlington, MA has health coverage, with 68.3% on employee plans, 6.55% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 0.807% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Arlington, 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

Primary Care Physicians

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

1.13%

Uninsured

68.3%

Employer Coverage

6.55%

Medicaid

11.7%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

0.807%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arlington, MA grew by 15.9% from 0.976% to 1.13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Arlington, 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

Arlington, MA is home to a population of 45k people, from which 90.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.7% of Arlington, MA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Arlington, MA is composed of 35.3k White Alone residents (78.4%), 5.18k Asian Alone residents (11.5%), 1.94k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.31%), 1.55k Two or More Races residents (3.45%), 838 Black or African American Alone residents (1.86%), 120 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.267%), 83 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.184%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Arlington, MA are Chinese (1,106 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (972 speakers), and Spanish or Spanish Creole (889 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Arlington, MA was 41.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Arlington, MA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Arlington, MA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

18.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 18.7% of Arlington, MA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Arlington, MA was 18.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Arlington, MA was China, the natal country of 88,014 Arlington, MA residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

90.5%

2017 Citizenship

90.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.5% of Arlington, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Arlington, MA was 90.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    35.3k ± 815

  2. Asian Alone

    5.18k ± 625

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.94k ± 526

In 2017, there were 6.81 times more White Alone residents (35.3k people) in Arlington, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.18k Asian Alone and 1.94k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Chinese

    1,106 speakers (2.7%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    972 speakers (2.37%)

  3. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    889 speakers (2.17%)

20.4% of Arlington, MA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Arlington, MA was Chinese. 2.7% of the overall population of Arlington, MA are native Chinese speakers. 2.37% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 2.17% speak Chinese, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    555 ± 179

  2. Korea

    366 ± 118

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    202 ± 105

Arlington, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arlington, MA was $577,600 in 2017, which is 2.65 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $546,800 to $577,600, a 5.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Arlington, MA is 60.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Arlington, MA have an average commute time of 30.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Arlington, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$103,594

Median Household Income

± $4,898

18.6k

Number of Households

± 841

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.6k households in Arlington, MA grew to $103,594 from the previous year's value of $98,103.

The following chart displays the households in Arlington, 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 $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$577,600

2017 Median

± $11,953

$546,800

2016 Median

± $14,521

In 2017, the median property value in Arlington, MA grew to to $577,600 from the previous year's value of $546,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arlington, 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 Arlington, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

60.9%

2017 Homeownership

60.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.9% of the housing units in Arlington, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Arlington, 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 Arlington, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Arlington, MA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

30.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arlington, MA have a longer commute time (30.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.29% of the workforce in Arlington, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    60.5%

  2. Public Transit

    20.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.6%

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

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