Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

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Population

4.88M

0.803% growth

Poverty Rate

10%


Median Age

38.8


Median Household Income

$88,711

3.52% growth

Number of Employees

2.64M

0.413% growth

Median Property Value

$464,600

5.26% growth

About

In 2018, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH had a population of 4.88M people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $88,711. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew from 4.84M to 4.88M, a 0.803% increase and its median household income grew from $85,691 to $88,711, a 3.52% increase.

The population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is 69.6% White Alone, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 8.15% Asian Alone. 25% of the people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH speak a non-English language, and 90.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are Boston University (10,645 degrees awarded in 2017), Harvard University (8,797 degrees), and Northeastern University (6,652 degrees).

The median property value in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is $464,600, and the homeownership rate is 60.9%. Most people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Massachusetts across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

The economy of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH employs 2.64M people. The largest industries in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are Health Care & Social Assistance (417,361 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (319,905 people), and Educational Services (305,635 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,515), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($93,289), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($87,443).

Median household income in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is $88,711. Males in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $66,042. The income inequality in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH (measured using the Gini index) is 0.483, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$88,711

2018 value

± $1,470

3.52%

1 Year Growth

± 2.05%

Households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have a median annual income of $88,711, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $85,691 in 2017, which represents a 3.52% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$89,637

Average Male Salary

± $1,937

$66,042

Average Female Salary

± $1,326

In 2018, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts by number of full-time 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

    $78,414 ± $4,378

  2. White

    $68,799 ± $1,194

  3. Two or More Races

    $52,931 ± $4,910

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is from Massachusetts.

0.483

2018 Wage GINI

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.483 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was Middlesex County, MA with a value of $100,517, followed by Norfolk County, MA and Plymouth County, MA, with respective values of $100,356 and $90,484.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH (462k out of 4.61M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    264,808 ± 3,946

  2. Hispanic

    115,045 ± 2,540

  3. Black

    74,591 ± 2,135

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

2.64M

2018 Value

± 27,005

0.413%

1 Year growth

± 1.43%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew at a rate of 0.413%, from 2.63M employees to 2.64M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, are Management Occupations (329,761 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (262,286 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (239,516 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (329,761 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (262,286 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (239,516 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.41 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.59 times), and Legal Occupations (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($95,270), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($92,443), and Legal Occupations ($91,049).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.64M

2018 Value

± 27,005

0.413%

1 Year growth

± 1.43%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew at a rate of 0.413%, from 2.63M employees to 2.64M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, are Health Care & Social Assistance (417,361 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (319,905 people), and Educational Services (305,635 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, though some of these residents may live in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (417,361 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (319,905 people), and Educational Services (305,635 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.61 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.29 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,515), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($93,289), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($87,443).

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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. $30.9B

  2. $29.2B

  3. $27.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $30.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($29.2B) and Electronics ($27.7B).

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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$260B

2020 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

40% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $260B. This is expected to increase 40% 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. $14.6B

  2. $13.9B

  3. $13.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $14.6B, followed by Connecticut with $13.9B and New Hampshire and $13.9B.

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

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Health

97% of the population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has health coverage, with 57.1% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 0.646% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 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).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Massachusetts in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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

3.01%

Uninsured

57.1%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

0.646%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew by 9.11% from 2.76% to 3.01%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 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

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is home to a population of 4.88M people, from which 90.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 18% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents were born outside of the country (870k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is composed of 3.39M White Alone residents (69.6%), 563k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.5%), 397k Asian Alone residents (8.15%), 370k Black or African American Alone residents (7.59%), 111k Two or More Races residents (2.28%), 33.4k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.686%), 6.13k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.126%), and 1.34k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0274%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are Spanish (424,723 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (126,327 speakers), and Portuguese (110,195 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

870k people

17.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

838k people

As of 2017, 18% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents (870k people) 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was 17.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    100,431 ± 7,724 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    97,136 ± 7,598 people

  3. Brazil

    81,900 ± 6,984 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 100,431 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 97,136 and Brazil with 81,900.

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Citizenship

90.8%

2018 Citizenship

90.7%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 90.8% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was 90.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.39M ± 4.45k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    563k ± 20.1k

  3. Asian Alone

    397k ± 4.68k

In 2018, there were 6.03 times more White Alone residents (3.39M people) in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 563k Hispanic or Latino and 397k 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    424,723 speakers (9.2%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    126,327 speakers (2.74%)

  3. Portuguese

    110,195 speakers (2.39%)

25% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was Spanish. 9.2% of the overall population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are native Spanish speakers. 2.74% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 2.39% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    62,397 ± 3,076

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    32,245 ± 3,190

  3. Korea

    20,277 ± 2,328

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.94 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH awarded 105,380 degrees. The student population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is skewed towards women, with 163,566 male students and 210,691 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are White (54,259 and 61%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (8,769 and 9.85%), Asian (8,629 and 9.7%), and Unknown (7,253 and 8.15%).

The largest universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH by number of degrees awarded are Boston University (10,645 and 10.1%), Harvard University (8,797 and 8.35%), and Northeastern University (6,652 and 6.31%).

The most popular majors in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are General Business Administration & Management (8,956 and 8.5%), Registered Nursing (3,530 and 3.35%), and General Psychology (2,585 and 2.45%).

The median tuition costs in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are $36,954 for private four year colleges, and $13,102 and $23,145 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 4,437 degrees awarded

  2. 2,209 degrees awarded

  3. 2,058 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was General Business Administration & Management with 4,437 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 10,645 degrees awarded

  2. 8,797 degrees awarded

  3. 6,652 degrees awarded

$13,102

Median In-State Public

$36,954

Median Private

In 2017, the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH institution with the largest number of graduating students was Boston University with 10,645 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

44,267

Degrees Awarded to Men

61,113

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 44,267 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, which is 0.724 times less than the 61,113 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

    54,259 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8,769 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    8,629 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH were to White students. These 54,259 degrees mean that there were 6.19 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 8,769 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was $464,600 in 2018, which is 2.02 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $441,400 to $464,600, a 5.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is 60.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have an average commute time of 30.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$464,600

2018 Median

± $3,463

$441,400

2017 Median

± $2,971

In 2018, the median property value in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew to to $464,600 from the previous year's value of $441,400.

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

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Household Income

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$88,711

Median Household Income

± $1,470

1.85M

Number of Households

± 21,800

In 2018, the median household income of the 1.85M households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew to $88,711 from the previous year's value of $85,691.

The following chart displays the households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

60.9%

2018 Homeownership

61.8%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 60.9% of the housing units in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.8%.

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

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Commute Time

30.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have a longer commute time (30.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.77% of the workforce in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    66.1%

  2. Public Transit

    13.2%

  3. Carpooled

    7.04%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was Drove Alone (66.1%), followed by those who Public Transit (13.2%) and those who Carpooled (7.04%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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