Melrose, MA

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2019 Population
28,113
0.0107% 1-year decline
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
41.3
4.29% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
4.07%
0.748% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$106,955
3.1% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$570,300
12.1% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
16,192
0.412% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Melrose, MA had a population of 28.1k people with a median age of 41.3 and a median household income of $106,955. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Melrose, MA declined from 28,116 to 28,113, a −0.0107% decrease and its median household income grew from $103,743 to $106,955, a 3.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Melrose, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.18%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.88%), White (Hispanic) (2.47%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.09%). 0% of the households in Melrose, MA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 95.3% of the residents in Melrose, MA are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Melrose, MA was $570,300, and the homeownership rate was 65.8%. Most people in Melrose, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 34.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Melrose, MA was 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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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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Diversity

Melrose, MA is home to a population of 28.1k people, from which 95.3% are citizens. As of 2019, 20.7% of Melrose, MA residents were born outside of the country (5.83k people).

In 2019, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (24.1k people) in Melrose, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.74k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 811 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 Melrose, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    24.1k ± 624
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    1.74k ± 443
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    811 ± 264
3.15%
Hispanic Population
886 people

In 2019, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (24.1k people) in Melrose, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.74k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 811 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.15% of the people in Melrose, MA are hispanic (886 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

20.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
5.83k people
12.2%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.44k people

As of 2019, 20.7% of Melrose, MA residents (5.83k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Melrose, MA was 12.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.7
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.7

In 2019, the median age of all people in Melrose, MA was 41.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Melrose, MA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Melrose, MA residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. China
    96,127 ± 7,558 people
  2. Dominican Republic
    89,373 ± 7,292 people
  3. Brazil
    77,815 ± 6,810 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 96,127 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 89,373 and Brazil with 77,815.

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Citizenship

95.3%
2019 Citizenship
95.5%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.3% of Melrose, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Melrose, MA was 95.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    438 ± 136
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    221 ± 139
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    105 ± 80

Melrose, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.98 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Melrose, MA is $106,955. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Melrose, MA was Census Tract 3362 with a value of $151,935, followed by Census Tract 3363 and Census Tract 3361, with respective values of $119,214 and $96,327.

Males in Massachusetts have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $67,290. The income inequality in Massachusetts (measured using the Gini index) is 0.483, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Melrose, MA employs 16.2k people. The largest industries in Melrose, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,030 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,772 people), and Educational Services (1,850 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($109,821), Finance & Insurance ($102,000), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($97,470).

Wages

Median Household Income

$106,955
2019 value
± $7,250
3.1%
1 Year Growth
± 8.5%

Households in Melrose, MA have a median annual income of $106,955, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $103,743 in 2018, which represents a 3.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$89,585
Average Male Salary in Massachusetts
± $1,887
$67,290
Average Female Salary in Massachusetts
± $1,359

In 2019, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.33 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 in Massachusetts
  1. Asian
    $75,473 ± $4,254
  2. White
    $69,510 ± $1,187
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $57,778 ± $35,604

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 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 Melrose, MA is from Massachusetts.
0.483
2019 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.485
2018 Wage GINI in Massachusetts

In 2019, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.483 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.424% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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 3362
  2. Census Tract 3363
  3. Census Tract 3361

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Melrose, MA was Census Tract 3362 with a value of $151,935, followed by Census Tract 3363 and Census Tract 3361, with respective values of $119,214 and $96,327.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 75+
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

4.07% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Melrose, MA (1.13k out of 27.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 65 - 74 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
    938 ± 220
  2. Asian
    112 ± 150
  3. Black
    84 ± 126

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

16.2k
2019 Value
± 938
−0.412%
1 Year decline
± 8.26%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Melrose, MA declined at a rate of −0.412%, from 16.3k employees to 16.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Melrose, MA, are Management Occupations (2,443 people), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,677 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,406 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Melrose, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Melrose, MA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (2,443 people), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,677 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,406 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Melrose, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.5 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.37 times), and Legal Occupations (2.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Melrose, MA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($101,225), Legal Occupations ($100,539), and Management Occupations ($97,229).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16.2k
2019 Value
± 938
−0.412%
1 Year decline
± 8.26%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Melrose, MA declined at a rate of −0.412%, from 16.3k employees to 16.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Melrose, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,030 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,772 people), and Educational Services (1,850 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Melrose, MA, though some of these residents may live in Melrose, 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 Melrose, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,030 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,772 people), and Educational Services (1,850 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Melrose, MA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.36 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.7 times), and Information (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Melrose, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($109,821), Finance & Insurance ($102,000), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($97,470).

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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. $33.2B
  2. $30.5B
  3. $29.4B

In 2018, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $33.2B, followed by Mixed freight ($30.5B) and Electronics ($29.4B).

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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$277B
2018 Value in Massachusetts
$573B
Projected 2045 Value in Massachusetts
107% growth

In 2018, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $277B. This is expected to increase 107% to $573B 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. $23.6B
  2. $17.6B
  3. $13B

In 2018, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $23.6B, followed by New Hampshire with $17.6B and Connecticut and $13B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Middlesex County, MA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 66.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28%), followed by Other (5.6%). The most partisan county was Suffolk County, MA with 79.6% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton 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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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Middlesex County, MA
66.4% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Massachusetts
  1. 79.6% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 67.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Massachusetts was Suffolk County, MA with 79.6% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton 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 replace 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Melrose, MA was $570,300 in 2019, which is 2.37 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $508,700 to $570,300, a 12.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Melrose, MA is 65.8%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Melrose, MA have an average commute time of 34.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Melrose, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$570,300
2019 Median
± $18,042
$508,700
2018 Median
± $24,532

In 2019, the median property value in Melrose, MA grew to to $570,300 from the previous year's value of $508,700.

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

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Household Income

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$106,955
Median Household Income
± $7,250
11.3k
Number of Households
± 767

In 2019, the median household income of the 11.3k households in Melrose, MA grew to $106,955 from the previous year's value of $103,743.

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

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Rent vs Own

65.8%
2019 Homeownership
65.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 65.8% of the housing units in Melrose, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Melrose, MA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

34.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Melrose, MA have a longer commute time (34.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.51% of the workforce in Melrose, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (60.8%)
  2. Public Transit (25.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.58%)

In 2019, 60.8% of workers in Melrose, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who used public transit to get to work (25.4%) and those who worked at home (5.58%).

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 Melrose, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Melrose, MA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

98.6% of the population of Melrose, MA has health coverage, with 66.8% on employee plans, 8.65% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 0.406% 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

1.36%
Uninsured
66.8%
Employer Coverage
8.65%
Medicaid
12.5%
Medicare
10.3%
Non-Group
0.406%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Melrose, MA grew by 1.13% from 1.34% to 1.36%.

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