Medford, MA

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2020 Population
58,290
1.13% 1-year growth
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
35.4
0.283% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
8.57%
2.22% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$101,168
4.89% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$551,900
10.2% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
36,609
5.43% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Medford, MA had a population of 58.3k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $101,168. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Medford, MA grew from 57,637 to 58,290, a 1.13% increase and its median household income grew from $96,455 to $101,168, a 4.89% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Medford, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (11.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.79%), White (Hispanic) (3.14%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.99%).

None of the households in Medford, MA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

90.1% of the residents in Medford, MA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Medford, MA are Tufts University (3,977 degrees awarded in 2020), Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (142 degrees), and Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy (98 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Medford, MA was $551,900, and the homeownership rate was 55.5%. Most people in Medford, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Medford, MA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Medford, MA is home to a population of 58.3k people, from which 90.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 22.2% of Medford, MA residents were born outside of the country (12.9k people).

In 2020, there were 6.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.1k people) in Medford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.57k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 5.12k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Medford, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    40.1k ± 1.61k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.57k ± 1.08k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.12k ± 884
7.55%
Hispanic Population
4.4k people

In 2020, there were 6.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.1k people) in Medford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.57k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 5.12k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.55% of the people in Medford, MA are hispanic (4.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Medford, MA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.2%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
12.9k people
22.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
12.7k people

As of 2020, 22.2% of Medford, MA residents (12.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Medford, MA was 22.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.7

In 2020, the median age of all people in Medford, MA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Medford, MA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Medford, MA residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. China
    98,663 ± 7,656 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    90,760 ± 7,347 people
  3. Brazil
    81,000 ± 6,946 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 98,663 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,760 and Brazil with 81,000.

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Citizenship

90.1%
2020 Citizenship
89.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 90.1% of Medford, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Medford, MA was 89.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    529 ± 216
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    295 ± 164
  3. Korea
    236 ± 117

Medford, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Massachusetts, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Massachusetts (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Massachusetts. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Massachusetts.

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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

Median household income in Medford, MA is $101,168. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Medford, MA was Census Tract 3392 with a value of $169,583, followed by Census Tract 3398.02 and Census Tract 3400, with respective values of $136,250 and $104,500.

Males in Massachusetts have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,870. The income inequality in Massachusetts (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Medford, MA employs 36.6k people. The largest industries in Medford, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,883 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (5,292 people), and Educational Services (4,959 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($84,030), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($79,211), and Public Administration ($76,392).

Wages

Median Household Income

$101,168
2020 value
± $5,041
4.89%
1 Year Growth
± 6.94%

Households in Medford, MA have a median annual income of $101,168, which is more than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $96,455 in 2019, which represents a 4.89% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$92,436
Average Male Salary in Massachusetts
± $1,932
$69,870
Average Female Salary in Massachusetts
± $1,420

In 2020, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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 in Massachusetts
  1. Asian
    $80,954 ± $4,414
  2. White
    $72,040 ± $1,231
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $57,223 ± $36,115

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Massachusetts.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Medford, MA is from Massachusetts.
0.48
2020 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.483
2019 Wage GINI in Massachusetts

In 2020, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.544% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.478. 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 3392
  2. Census Tract 3398.02
  3. Census Tract 3400

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Medford, MA was Census Tract 3392 with a value of $169,583, followed by Census Tract 3398.02 and Census Tract 3400, with respective values of $136,250 and $104,500.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.57% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Medford, MA (4.8k out of 56k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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
    2,667 ± 526
  2. Asian
    984 ± 436
  3. Black
    837 ± 314

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

36.6k
2020 Value
± 1,662
5.43%
1 Year growth
± 5.61%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Medford, MA grew at a rate of 5.43%, from 34.7k employees to 36.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Medford, MA, are Management Occupations (4,057 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,886 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,479 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Medford, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Medford, MA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (4,057 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,886 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,479 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Medford, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.07 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.09 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.92 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Medford, MA, by median earnings, are Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($110,625), Protective Service Occupations ($95,109), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($94,031).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

36.6k
2020 Value
± 1,662
5.43%
1 Year growth
± 5.61%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Medford, MA grew at a rate of 5.43%, from 34.7k employees to 36.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Medford, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,883 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (5,292 people), and Educational Services (4,959 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Medford, MA, though some of these residents may live in Medford, 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 Medford, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,883 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (5,292 people), and Educational Services (4,959 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Medford, MA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.95 times higher than expected), Information (1.54 times), and Educational Services (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Medford, MA, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($84,030), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($79,211), and Public Administration ($76,392).

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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. $37.4B
  2. $29.6B
  3. $28.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $37.4B, followed by Electronics ($29.6B) and Mixed freight ($28.4B).

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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$314B
2020 Value in Massachusetts
$627B
Projected 2050 Value in Massachusetts
99.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $314B. This is expected to increase 99.9% to $627B by 2050.

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. $31B
  2. $23.4B
  3. $14.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $31B, followed by New Hampshire with $23.4B and Connecticut and $14.9B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Massachusetts went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 65.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (31.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.29%). The most partisan county was Suffolk County, MA with 80.2% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing the state of Massachusetts. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Massachusetts
65.1% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Massachusetts
  1. 80.2% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 77% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  3. 72% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Massachusetts was Suffolk County, MA with 80.2% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Massachusetts colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Massachusetts

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Elizabeth Warren
Senator from Massachusetts1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ed Markey
Senator from Massachusetts2
Assumed office on July 16, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Mo Cowan, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of John Kerry, who had become Secretary of State.

Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the senators currently representing Massachusetts.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Massachusetts over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Massachusetts

Massachusetts is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Massachusetts have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Medford, MA awarded 4,217 degrees. The student population of Medford, MA is skewed towards women, with 5,269 male students and 7,555 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Medford, MA are White (2,273 and 62.4%), followed by Asian (528 and 14.5%), Hispanic or Latino (295 and 8.1%), and Black or African American (190 and 5.22%).

The largest universities in Medford, MA by number of degrees awarded are Tufts University (3,977 and 94.3%), Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (142 and 3.37%), and Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy (98 and 2.32%).

The most popular majors in Medford, MA are International Relations & Affairs (396 and 9.39%), Computer Science (239 and 5.67%), and Dentistry (233 and 5.53%).

The median tuition cost in Medford, MA for private four year colleges is $59,560.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 194 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 172 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 160 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Medford, MA was Computer Science with 194 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,977 degrees awarded
  2. 142 degrees awarded
  3. 98 degrees awarded
$59,560
Median Private

In 2020, the Medford, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tufts University with 3,977 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

1,759
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,458
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 1,759 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Medford, MA, which is 0.716 times less than the 2,458 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Medford, MA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,273 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    528 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    295 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Medford, MA was White students. These 2,273 degrees mean that there were 4.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 528 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Medford, MA was $551,900 in 2020, which is 2.4 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $500,800 to $551,900, a 10.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Medford, MA is 55.5%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Medford, MA have an average commute time of 31.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Medford, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$551,900
2020 Median
± $17,828
$500,800
2019 Median
± $17,310

In 2020, the median property value in Medford, MA grew to to $551,900 from the previous year's value of $500,800.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$101,168
Median Household Income
± $5,041
23.8k
Number of Households
± 1,234

In 2020, the median household income of the 23.8k households in Medford, MA grew to $101,168 from the previous year's value of $96,455.

The following chart displays the households in Medford, 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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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

55.5%
2020 Homeownership
56.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 55.5% of the housing units in Medford, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Medford, MA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

31.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Medford, MA have a longer commute time (31.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.94% of the workforce in Medford, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (54.2%)
  2. Public Transit (19.2%)
  3. Carpooled (9.6%)

In 2020, 54.2% of workers in Medford, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who used public transit to get to work (19.2%) and those who carpooled to work (9.6%).

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

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Health

96.9% of the population of Medford, MA has health coverage, with 60.9% on employee plans, 11.4% on Medicaid, 9.9% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 0.583% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see 793 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (798 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 980 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 166 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Plymouth County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.1%). Additionally, Hampden County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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793 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Middlesex County, MA

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see an average of 793 patients per year. This represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (798 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Middlesex County, MA 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%).

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 in Massachusetts
$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

3.09%
Uninsured
60.9%
Employer Coverage
11.4%
Medicaid
9.9%
Medicare
14.1%
Non-Group
0.583%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Medford, MA grew by 22% from 2.53% to 3.09%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Medford, 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. 11.1% prevalence
  2. 10.7% prevalence
  3. 10.6% prevalence

Plymouth County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.1%.

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

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