New Bedford, MA

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Population

95,125

0.144% growth

Poverty Rate

23.1%


Median Age

37.5


Median Household Income

$40,626

6.41% growth

Number of Employees

43,303

2.32% growth

Median Property Value

$211,500

3.63% growth

About

In 2017, New Bedford, MA had a population of 95.1k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $40,626. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of New Bedford, MA grew from 94,988 to 95,125, a 0.144% increase and its median household income grew from $38,178 to $40,626, a 6.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in New Bedford, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.4%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (14.1%), Some Other Race (Non-Hispanic) (6.63%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.43%), and White (Hispanic) (3.81%). N/A% of the people in New Bedford, MA speak a non-English language, and 90.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Bedford, MA are Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford (15 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in New Bedford, MA is $211,500, and the homeownership rate is 41%. Most people in New Bedford, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in New Bedford, MA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of New Bedford, MA employs 43.3k people. The largest industries in New Bedford, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,987 people), Retail Trade (5,448 people), and Manufacturing (5,261 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($57,550), Information ($56,094), and Utilities ($49,028).

Median household income in New Bedford, MA is $40,626. Males in New Bedford, MA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,850. The income inequality in New Bedford, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.485, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,626

2017 value

± $1,326

6.41%

1 Year Growth

± 4.41%

Households in New Bedford, MA have a median annual income of $40,626, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,178 in 2016, which represents a 6.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$84,043

Average Male Salary

± $1,786

$62,850

Average Female Salary

± $1,306

In 2017, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.34 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

    $68,516 ± $4,051

  2. White

    $64,668 ± $1,113

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,586 ± $39,015

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 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 New Bedford, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.485

2017 Wage GINI

0.485

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.485 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0457% 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 6501.01

  2. Census Tract 6522

  3. Census Tract 6502.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Bedford, MA was Census Tract 6501.01 with a value of $71,229, followed by Census Tract 6522 and Census Tract 6502.01, with respective values of $69,706 and $66,875.

The following map shows all of the places in New Bedford, 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

23.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Bedford, MA (21.6k out of 93.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, 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

    11,050 ± 695

  2. Hispanic

    7,768 ± 561

  3. Other

    7,483 ± 595

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

43.3k

2017 Value

± 1,331

2.32%

1 Year growth

± 4.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in New Bedford, MA grew at a rate of 2.32%, from 42.3k employees to 43.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Bedford, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,441 people), Production Occupations (4,070 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,027 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of New Bedford, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of New Bedford, MA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,441 people), Production Occupations (4,070 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,027 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, New Bedford, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.61 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.38 times), and Production Occupations (1.62 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Bedford, MA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,875), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($66,406), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,366).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

43.3k

2017 Value

± 1,331

2.32%

1 Year growth

± 4.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in New Bedford, MA grew at a rate of 2.32%, from 42.3k employees to 43.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Bedford, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,987 people), Retail Trade (5,448 people), and Manufacturing (5,261 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of New Bedford, MA, though some of these residents may live in New Bedford, 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 New Bedford, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,987 people), Retail Trade (5,448 people), and Manufacturing (5,261 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, New Bedford, MA has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.5 times higher than expected), Construction (1.41 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Bedford, MA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($57,550), Information ($56,094), and Utilities ($49,028).

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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. $30.9B

  2. $29.2B

  3. $27.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $30.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($29.2B) and Electronics ($27.7B).

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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$260B

2020 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

40% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $260B. This is expected to increase 40% 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. $14.6B

  2. $13.9B

  3. $13.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $14.6B, followed by Connecticut with $13.9B and New Hampshire and $13.9B.

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

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Health

94.8% of the population of New Bedford, MA has health coverage, with 35.5% on employee plans, 40.1% on Medicaid, 9.05% on Medicare, 9.56% on non-group plans, and 0.592% on military or VA plans.

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

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

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,825 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

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

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

$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

5.19%

Uninsured

35.5%

Employer Coverage

40.1%

Medicaid

9.05%

Medicare

9.56%

Non-Group

0.592%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Bedford, MA grew by 1.04% from 5.13% to 5.19%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in New Bedford, MA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

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Diversity

New Bedford, MA is home to a population of 95.1k people, from which 90.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 22.3% of New Bedford, MA residents were born outside of the country (21.3k people).

In 2017, there were 4.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (60.3k people) in New Bedford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13.5k Some Other Race (Hispanic) and 6.31k Some Other Race (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in New Bedford, MA was 37.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in New Bedford, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all New Bedford, MA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.3k people

22%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.9k people

As of 2017, 22.3% of New Bedford, MA residents (21.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in New Bedford, MA was 22%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    88,014 ± 7,236 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    84,884 ± 7,108 people

  3. Brazil

    66,506 ± 6,300 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 88,014 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 84,884 and Brazil with 66,506.

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Citizenship

90.7%

2017 Citizenship

91.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.7% of New Bedford, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in New Bedford, MA was 91.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in New Bedford, MA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    60.3k ± 1.3k

  2. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    13.5k ± 973

  3. Some Other Race (Non-Hispanic)

    6.31k ± 859

In 2017, there were 4.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (60.3k people) in New Bedford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13.5k Some Other Race (Hispanic) and 6.31k Some Other Race (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,091 ± 198

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    550 ± 143

  3. Korea

    406 ± 87

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

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Education

In 2017, universities in New Bedford, MA awarded 15 degrees. The student population of New Bedford, MA is skewed towards women, with 2 male students and 14 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Bedford, MA are White (8 and 53.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (5 and 33.3%), Black or African American (2 and 13.3%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in New Bedford, MA by number of degrees awarded are Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford (15 and 100%).

The most popular majors in New Bedford, MA are General Cosmetology (15 and 100%).

The median tuition costs in New Bedford, MA are $N/A 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. 15 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in New Bedford, MA was General Cosmetology with 15 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in New Bedford, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

15 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the New Bedford, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford with 15 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0

Degrees Awarded to Men

15

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Bedford, MA, which is 0 times less than the 15 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    8 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    2 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in New Bedford, MA were to White students. These 8 degrees mean that there were 1.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 5 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Bedford, MA was $211,500 in 2017, which is 0.921 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $204,100 to $211,500, a 3.63% increase. The homeownership rate in New Bedford, MA is 41%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in New Bedford, MA have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in New Bedford, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$211,500

2017 Median

± $3,865

$204,100

2016 Median

± $4,439

In 2017, the median property value in New Bedford, MA grew to to $211,500 from the previous year's value of $204,100.

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

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Household Income

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$40,626

Median Household Income

± $1,326

39.5k

Number of Households

± 1,156

In 2017, the median household income of the 39.5k households in New Bedford, MA grew to $40,626 from the previous year's value of $38,178.

The following chart displays the households in New Bedford, 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 $10k - $15k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

41%

2017 Homeownership

41.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 41% of the housing units in New Bedford, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 41.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in New Bedford, MA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Bedford, MA have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.28% of the workforce in New Bedford, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    73.5%

  2. Carpooled

    16.1%

  3. Walked

    4.2%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in New Bedford, MA was Drove Alone (73.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (16.1%) and those who Walked (4.2%).

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

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