Hampden County, MA

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Population

469,818

0.288% growth

Median Age

38.7


Median Household Income

$51,726

0.353% growth

Poverty Rate

17.2%


Number of Employees

211,846

3.3% decline

Median Property Value

$208,800

5.08% growth

About

In 2017, Hampden County, MA had a population of 470k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $51,726. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Hampden County, MA grew from 468,467 to 469,818, a 0.288% increase and its median household income grew from $51,544 to $51,726, a 0.353% increase.

The population of Hampden County, MA is 62.6% White Alone, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 8.06% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Hampden County, MA speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hampden County, MA are Westfield State University (1,660 degrees awarded in 2016), American International College (1,521 degrees), and Western New England University (1,128 degrees).

The median property value in Hampden County, MA is $208,800, and the homeownership rate is 58.5%. Most people in Hampden County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Hampden County, MA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Historic 1874 Hampden County Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Economy

The economy of Hampden County, MA employs 212k people. The largest industries in Hampden County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,371 people), Manufacturing (23,931 people), and Retail Trade (23,894 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,045), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($64,041), and Finance & Insurance ($61,012).

Median household income in Hampden County, MA is $51,726. Males in Hampden 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 Hampden County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.484, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,726

2017 value

± $1,535

0.353%

1 Year Growth

± 4.81%

Households in Hampden County, MA have a median annual income of $51,726, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,544 in 2016, which represents a 0.353% 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 Massachusetts made 1.32 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

    $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 Massachusetts 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 Hampden 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 8133.04

  2. Census Tract 8136.02

  3. Census Tract 8133.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hampden County, MA was Census Tract 8133.04 with a value of $128,542, followed by Census Tract 8136.02 and Census Tract 8133.03, with respective values of $117,143 and $115,735.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Hampden 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

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hampden County, MA (78.3k out of 455k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 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

    52,338 ± 1,694

  2. Hispanic

    43,935 ± 1,406

  3. Other

    11,531 ± 886

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hampden 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

212k

2017 Value

± 7,963

-3.3%

1 Year decline

± 5.38%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Hampden County, MA declined at a rate of -3.3%, from 219k employees to 212k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hampden County, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,177 people), Sales & Related Occupations (20,772 people), and Management Occupations (17,888 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hampden County, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Hampden County, MA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,177 people), Sales & Related Occupations (20,772 people), and Management Occupations (17,888 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Hampden County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.01 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.58 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Hampden County, MA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($80,897), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,326), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($72,061).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

212k

2017 Value

± 7,963

-3.3%

1 Year decline

± 5.38%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Hampden County, MA declined at a rate of -3.3%, from 219k employees to 212k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hampden County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,371 people), Manufacturing (23,931 people), and Retail Trade (23,894 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hampden County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Hampden 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 Hampden County, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,371 people), Manufacturing (23,931 people), and Retail Trade (23,894 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Hampden County, MA has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.78 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.37 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Hampden County, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,045), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($64,041), and Finance & Insurance ($61,012).

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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

97.1% of the population of Hampden County, MA has health coverage, with 43.1% on employee plans, 31.6% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Hampden County, MA see 1426 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0701% decrease from the previous year (1427 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1270 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 129 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

1,426 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Hampden County, MA see an average of 1,426 patients per year. This represents a 0.0701% decrease from the previous year (1,427 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Hampden County, MA in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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

2.85%

Uninsured

43.1%

Employer Coverage

31.6%

Medicaid

10.9%

Medicare

10.3%

Non-Group

1.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hampden County, MA declined by 10.4% from 3.18% to 2.85%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Hampden 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%.

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

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Diversity

Hampden County, MA is home to a population of 470k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.8% of Hampden County, MA residents were born outside of the country (41.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Hampden County, MA is composed of 294k White Alone residents (62.6%), 119k Hispanic or Latino residents (25.3%), 37.9k Black or African American Alone residents (8.06%), 11.5k Asian Alone residents (2.45%), 7.15k Two or More Races residents (1.52%), 474 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.101%), 135 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0287%), and 56 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0119%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Hampden County, MA was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Hampden County, MA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Hampden County, MA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

41.4k people

8.97%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

42k people

As of 2017, 8.8% of Hampden County, MA residents (41.4k 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 Hampden County, MA was 8.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 92,810 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,391 and Brazil with 80,753.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2017 Citizenship

96.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.8% of Hampden County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Hampden County, MA was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    294k ± 296

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    119k ± 7.37k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    37.9k ± 1.72k

In 2017, there were 2.48 times more White Alone residents (294k people) in Hampden County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 119k Hispanic or Latino and 37.9k 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 Hampden 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 Hampden County, 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 Hampden County, MA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Hampden 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

    9,671 ± 1,270

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,780 ± 1,197

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,632 ± 1,159

Hampden County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Hampden County, MA awarded 10,028 degrees. The student population of Hampden County, MA is skewed towards women, with 13,003 male students and 21,989 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hampden County, MA are White (6,683 and 67.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,116 and 11.3%), Black or African American (984 and 9.93%), and Unknown (683 and 6.89%).

The largest universities in Hampden County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Westfield State University (1,660 and 16.6%), American International College (1,521 and 15.2%), and Western New England University (1,128 and 11.2%).

The most popular majors in Hampden County, MA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (915 and 9.12%), Community Organization & Advocacy (636 and 6.34%), and General Business Administration & Management (455 and 4.54%).

The median tuition costs in Hampden County, MA are $32,632 for private four year colleges, and $970 and $7,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 411 degrees awarded

  2. 310 degrees awarded

  3. 289 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Hampden County, MA was Community Organization & Advocacy with 411 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,660 degrees awarded

  2. 1,521 degrees awarded

  3. 1,128 degrees awarded

$970

Median In-State Public

$32,632

Median Private

In 2016, the Hampden County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Westfield State University with 1,660 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,344

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,684

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,344 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hampden County, MA, which is 0.5 times less than the 6,684 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Hampden County, MA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,683 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,116 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    984 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Hampden County, MA were to White students. These 6,683 degrees mean that there were 5.99 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,116 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hampden County, MA was $208,800 in 2017, which is 0.96 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $198,700 to $208,800, a 5.08% increase. The homeownership rate in Hampden County, MA is 58.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Hampden County, MA have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hampden 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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$51,726

Median Household Income

± $1,535

181k

Number of Households

± 7,054

In 2017, the median household income of the 181k households in Hampden County, MA grew to $51,726 from the previous year's value of $51,544.

The following chart displays the households in Hampden 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

$208,800

2017 Median

± $6,440

$198,700

2016 Median

± $4,678

In 2017, the median property value in Hampden County, MA grew to to $208,800 from the previous year's value of $198,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Hampden 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 Hampden County, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

58.5%

2017 Homeownership

62.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.5% of the housing units in Hampden County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.2%.

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

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Commute Time

21.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hampden County, MA have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.41% of the workforce in Hampden County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    6.34%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.43%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Hampden County, MA was Drove Alone (84.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.34%) and those who Worked At Home (3.43%).

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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