Bristol County, MA

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Population

561,483

0.566% growth

Median Age

41.2


Median Household Income

$67,842

2.75% growth

Poverty Rate

12.2%


Number of Employees

285,467

0.663% growth

Median Property Value

$301,800

3.75% growth

About

In 2017, Bristol County, MA had a population of 561k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $67,842. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bristol County, MA grew from 558,324 to 561,483, a 0.566% increase and its median household income grew from $66,027 to $67,842, a 2.75% increase.

The population of Bristol County, MA is 80.9% White Alone, 7.99% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.15% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Bristol County, MA speak a non-English language, and 95.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bristol County, MA are University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (2,019 degrees awarded in 2016), Bristol Community College (1,600 degrees), and Stonehill College (815 degrees).

The median property value in Bristol County, MA is $301,800, and the homeownership rate is 63.7%. Most people in Bristol County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Bristol County, MA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Bristol County, MA employs 285k people. The largest industries in Bristol County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,587 people), Retail Trade (33,225 people), and Manufacturing (32,763 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($88,750), Public Administration ($70,877), and Information ($70,658).

Median household income in Bristol County, MA is $67,842. Males in Bristol County, MA have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,619. The income inequality in Bristol County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.484, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$67,842

2017 value

± $2,763

2.75%

1 Year Growth

± 5.73%

Households in Bristol County, MA have a median annual income of $67,842, 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 $66,027 in 2016, which represents a 2.75% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$86,839

Average Male Salary

± $1,813

$65,619

Average Female Salary

± $1,325

In 2017, full-time male employees in Bristol County, MA made 1.32 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

    $74,395 ± $4,445

  2. White

    $67,530 ± $1,140

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $50,403 ± $38,348

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Bristol County, MA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 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 Bristol County, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.484 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.775% 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 6002.03

  2. Census Tract 6102.02

  3. Census Tract 6002.04

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bristol County, MA was Census Tract 6002.03 with a value of $133,021, followed by Census Tract 6102.02 and Census Tract 6002.04, with respective values of $122,750 and $115,273.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bristol County, MA (65.8k out of 541k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    45,082 ± 1,537

  2. Hispanic

    15,453 ± 808

  3. Other

    11,544 ± 762

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

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

285k

2017 Value

± 9,084

0.663%

1 Year growth

± 4.38%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bristol County, MA grew at a rate of 0.663%, from 284k employees to 285k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bristol County, MA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (15,742 people), Registered Nurses (8,988 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (8,241 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bristol County, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bristol County, MA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (15,742 people), Registered Nurses (8,988 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (8,241 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bristol County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (10.2 times higher than expected), Fishing & Hunting, & Forest, Conservation, & Logging Workers (6.66 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (5.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bristol County, MA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,897), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($81,051), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,195).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

285k

2017 Value

± 9,084

0.663%

1 Year growth

± 4.38%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bristol County, MA grew at a rate of 0.663%, from 284k employees to 285k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bristol County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,587 people), Retail Trade (33,225 people), and Manufacturing (32,763 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bristol County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Bristol County, 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 Bristol County, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,587 people), Retail Trade (33,225 people), and Manufacturing (32,763 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bristol County, MA has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.62 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.39 times), and Construction (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bristol County, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($88,750), Public Administration ($70,877), and Information ($70,658).

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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

97.1% of the population of Bristol County, MA has health coverage, with 50.9% on employee plans, 21.4% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.12% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Bristol County, MA see 1825 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.2% decrease from the previous year (1866 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1573 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 234 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

1,825 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bristol County, MA see an average of 1,825 patients per year. This represents a 2.2% decrease from the previous year (1,866 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

2.89%

Uninsured

50.9%

Employer Coverage

21.4%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.12%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bristol County, MA grew by 22.7% from 2.36% to 2.89%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bristol County, 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%.

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Diversity

Bristol County, MA is home to a population of 561k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 14.6% of Bristol County, MA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bristol County, MA is composed of 454k White Alone residents (80.9%), 44.8k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.99%), 23.3k Black or African American Alone residents (4.15%), 14.9k Two or More Races residents (2.65%), 12k Asian Alone residents (2.14%), 11.9k Some Other Race Alone residents (2.13%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

52

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bristol County, MA was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 52. But people in Bristol County, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bristol County, MA residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.6%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

14.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 14.6% of Bristol County, 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 Bristol County, MA was 14.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. China

    92,810 ± 7,429 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    90,391 ± 7,333 people

  3. Brazil

    80,753 ± 6,936 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bristol County, MA was China, the natal country of 92,810 Bristol County, MA residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,391 and Brazil with 80,753.

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Citizenship

95.1%

2017 Citizenship

95.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.1% of Bristol County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bristol County, MA was 95.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    454k ± 3.35k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    44.8k ± 4.37k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    23.3k ± 2.38k

In 2017, there were 10.1 times more White Alone residents (454k people) in Bristol County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 44.8k Hispanic or Latino and 23.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Bristol County, 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 Bristol County, MA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Bristol County, MA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Bristol County, 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

    9,976 ± 1,488

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,610 ± 1,044

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,405 ± 863

Bristol County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bristol County, MA awarded 5,597 degrees. The student population of Bristol County, MA is skewed towards women, with 9,478 male students and 12,561 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bristol County, MA are White (4,097 and 76.6%), followed by Black or African American (385 and 7.2%), Hispanic or Latino (354 and 6.62%), and Unknown (174 and 3.25%).

The largest universities in Bristol County, MA by number of degrees awarded are University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (2,019 and 36.1%), Bristol Community College (1,600 and 28.6%), and Stonehill College (815 and 14.6%).

The most popular majors in Bristol County, MA are General Studies (502 and 8.97%), General Business Administration & Management (378 and 6.75%), and General Psychology (286 and 5.11%).

The median tuition costs in Bristol County, MA are $44,297 for private four year colleges, and $12,783 and $27,068 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 168 degrees awarded

  2. 153 degrees awarded

  3. 280 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bristol County, MA was Accounting with 168 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,019 degrees awarded

  2. 1,600 degrees awarded

  3. 815 degrees awarded

$12,783

Median In-State Public

$44,297

Median Private

In 2016, the Bristol County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with 2,019 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,168

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,429

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,168 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bristol County, MA, which is 0.632 times less than the 3,429 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

    4,097 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    385 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    354 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bristol County, MA were to White students. These 4,097 degrees mean that there were 10.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 385 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bristol County, MA was $301,800 in 2017, which is 1.39 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $290,900 to $301,800, a 3.75% increase. The homeownership rate in Bristol County, MA is 63.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bristol County, MA have an average commute time of 27.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bristol County, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$67,842

Median Household Income

± $2,763

219k

Number of Households

± 7,475

In 2017, the median household income of the 219k households in Bristol County, MA grew to $67,842 from the previous year's value of $66,027.

The following chart displays the households in Bristol County, 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

$301,800

2017 Median

± $6,444

$290,900

2016 Median

± $5,638

In 2017, the median property value in Bristol County, MA grew to to $301,800 from the previous year's value of $290,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bristol County, 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 Bristol County, 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 Bristol County, MA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bristol County, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.7%

2017 Homeownership

62.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.7% of the housing units in Bristol County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bristol County, 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 Bristol County, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bristol County, MA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

27.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bristol County, MA have a longer commute time (27.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.6% of the workforce in Bristol County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.49%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.09%

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

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