Needham, MA

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2019 Population
30,970
0.765% 1-year growth
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
43.5
0.23% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
2.73%
5.55% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$165,547
8.18% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$855,300
6.25% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
14,881
0.0269% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Needham, MA had a population of 31k people with a median age of 43.5 and a median household income of $165,547. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Needham, MA grew from 30,735 to 30,970, a 0.765% increase and its median household income grew from $153,032 to $165,547, a 8.18% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Needham, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (8.84%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.84%), White (Hispanic) (2.63%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.37%). 0% of the households in Needham, MA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 95.9% of the residents in Needham, MA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Needham, MA are Franklin W Olin College of Engineering (78 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Needham, MA was $855,300, and the homeownership rate was 83.9%. Most people in Needham, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Needham, MA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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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

Needham, MA is home to a population of 31k people, from which 95.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 18.1% of Needham, MA residents were born outside of the country (5.62k people).

In 2019, there were 9.35 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.6k people) in Needham, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.74k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 881 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 Needham, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    25.6k ± 659
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.74k ± 404
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    881 ± 396
3.23%
Hispanic Population
999 people

In 2019, there were 9.35 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.6k people) in Needham, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.74k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 881 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.23% of the people in Needham, MA are hispanic (999 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
5.62k people
13.6%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
4.17k people

As of 2019, 18.1% of Needham, MA residents (5.62k 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 Needham, MA was 13.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.4
51
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Needham, MA was 43.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Needham, MA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Needham, MA residents was 43.

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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

95.9%
2019 Citizenship
96%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.9% of Needham, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Needham, MA was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    377 ± 147
  2. Korea
    107 ± 71
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    104 ± 64

Needham, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Needham, MA is $165,547. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Needham, MA was Census Tract 4031 with a value of $188,711, followed by Census Tract 4033 and Census Tract 4572, with respective values of $178,750 and $145,161.

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 Needham, MA employs 14.9k people. The largest industries in Needham, MA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,555 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,530 people), and Educational Services (2,229 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($152,250), Finance & Insurance ($151,620), and Manufacturing ($150,341).

Wages

Median Household Income

$165,547
2019 value
± $10,340
8.18%
1 Year Growth
± 11.6%

Households in Needham, MA have a median annual income of $165,547, 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 $153,032 in 2018, which represents a 8.18% 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 Needham, 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 4031
  2. Census Tract 4033
  3. Census Tract 4572

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Needham, MA was Census Tract 4031 with a value of $188,711, followed by Census Tract 4033 and Census Tract 4572, with respective values of $178,750 and $145,161.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

2.73% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Needham, MA (823 out of 30.1k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 75+ and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    541 ± 177
  2. Asian
    241 ± 250
  3. Black
    29 ± 121

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

14.9k
2019 Value
± 782
0.0269%
1 Year growth
± 7.34%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Needham, MA grew at a rate of 0.0269%, from 14.9k employees to 14.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Needham, MA, are Management Occupations (2,761 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,672 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,665 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Needham, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Needham, MA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (2,761 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,672 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,665 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Needham, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.78 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (2.82 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (2.08 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Needham, MA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($194,271), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($182,708), and Legal Occupations ($181,630).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

14.9k
2019 Value
± 782
0.0269%
1 Year growth
± 7.34%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Needham, MA grew at a rate of 0.0269%, from 14.9k employees to 14.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Needham, MA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,555 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,530 people), and Educational Services (2,229 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Needham, MA, though some of these residents may live in Needham, 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 Needham, MA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,555 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,530 people), and Educational Services (2,229 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Needham, MA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.37 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (2.12 times), and Educational Services (1.61 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Needham, MA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($152,250), Finance & Insurance ($151,620), and Manufacturing ($150,341).

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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 Norfolk County, MA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 61.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (33.1%), followed by Other (5.54%). 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Norfolk County, MA
61.4% 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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Education

In 2019, universities in Needham, MA awarded 78 degrees. The student population of Needham, MA is skewed towards women, with 183 male students and 203 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Needham, MA are White (33 and 46.5%), followed by Asian (14 and 19.7%), Unknown (10 and 14.1%), and Two or More Races (8 and 11.3%).

The largest universities in Needham, MA by number of degrees awarded are Franklin W Olin College of Engineering (78 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Needham, MA are General Engineering (42 and 53.8%), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (18 and 23.1%), and Mechanical Engineering (18 and 23.1%).

The median tuition costs in Needham, MA are $52,164 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 42 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 18 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Needham, MA was General Engineering with 42 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
78 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$52,164
Median Private

In 2019, the Needham, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Franklin W Olin College of Engineering with 78 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

35
Degrees Awarded to Men
43
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 35 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Needham, MA, which is 0.814 times less than the 43 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Needham, MA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    33 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    14 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    10 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Needham, MA was White students. These 33 degrees mean that there were 2.36 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 14 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Needham, MA was $855,300 in 2019, which is 3.56 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $805,000 to $855,300, a 6.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Needham, MA is 83.9%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Needham, MA have an average commute time of 29.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Needham, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$855,300
2019 Median
± $20,354
$805,000
2018 Median
± $23,893

In 2019, the median property value in Needham, MA grew to to $855,300 from the previous year's value of $805,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Needham, 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 Needham, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $750k - $1000k 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.
$165,547
Median Household Income
± $10,340
10.8k
Number of Households
± 632

In 2019, the median household income of the 10.8k households in Needham, MA grew to $165,547 from the previous year's value of $153,032.

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

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Rent vs Own

83.9%
2019 Homeownership
83.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 83.9% of the housing units in Needham, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 83.1%.

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

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Commute Time

29.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Needham, MA have a longer commute time (29.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.98% of the workforce in Needham, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (69.8%)
  2. Public Transit (12.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.81%)

In 2019, 69.8% of workers in Needham, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who used public transit to get to work (12.8%) and those who worked at home (8.81%).

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 Needham, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Needham, MA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

99% of the population of Needham, MA has health coverage, with 67.2% on employee plans, 5.31% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 0.118% 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 Norfolk County, MA see 787 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.127% decrease from the previous year (788 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 794 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 159 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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787 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Norfolk County, MA

Primary care physicians in Norfolk County, MA see an average of 787 patients per year. This represents a 0.127% decrease from the previous year (788 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Norfolk 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

0.967%
Uninsured
67.2%
Employer Coverage
5.31%
Medicaid
13.1%
Medicare
13.2%
Non-Group
0.118%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Needham, MA declined by 23% from 1.26% to 0.967%.

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