New Bedford, MA

Census Place

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Population
95,117
0.00841% 1-year decline
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
Median Age
37.4

Poverty Rate
21.1%

Median Household Income
$43,989
8.28% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$218,100
3.12% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
44,249
2.18% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, New Bedford, MA had a population of 95.1k people with a median age of 37.4 and a median household income of $43,989. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of New Bedford, MA declined from 95,125 to 95,117, a -0.00841% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,626 to $43,989, a 8.28% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in New Bedford, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (62%), Other (Hispanic) (14.8%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (6.93%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.92%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.47%). 0% of the people in New Bedford, MA speak a non-English language, and 91.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Bedford, MA are Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford (14 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2018, the median property value in New Bedford, MA was $218,100, and the homeownership rate was 40.6%. Most people in New Bedford, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.7 minutes. The average car ownership in New Bedford, MA was 2 cars per household.

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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Start Year
Y-Axis
-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Massachusetts. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Bristol County, MA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 52% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (42.4%), followed by Other (5.61%). 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 Bristol County, MA
52% 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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Diversity

New Bedford, MA is home to a population of 95.1k people, from which 91.5% are citizens. As of 2018, 21.2% of New Bedford, MA residents were born outside of the country (20.1k people).

In 2018, there were 4.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (58.9k people) in New Bedford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14k Other (Hispanic) and 6.59k Other (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in New Bedford, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    58.9k ± 1.32k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    14k ± 1.03k
  3. Other (Non-Hispanic)
    6.59k ± 942
20.1%
Hispanic Population
19.2k people

In 2018, there were 4.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (58.9k people) in New Bedford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14k Other (Hispanic) and 6.59k Other (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

20.1% of the people in New Bedford, MA are hispanic (19.2k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

21.2%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
20.1k people
22.3%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
21.3k people

As of 2018, 21.2% of New Bedford, MA residents (20.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in New Bedford, MA was 22.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.9
50
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in New Bedford, MA was 37.4. 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 younger. In 2017, the average age of all New Bedford, MA residents was 38.

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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

91.5%
2018 Citizenship
90.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 91.5% of New Bedford, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in New Bedford, MA was 90.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,128 ± 203
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    447 ± 113
  3. Korea
    386 ± 88

New Bedford, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in New Bedford, MA is $43,989. In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income in New Bedford, MA was Census Tract 6502.01 with a value of $82,500, followed by Census Tract 6501.01 and Census Tract 6510.02, with respective values of $75,451 and $70,764.

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 New Bedford, MA employs 44.2k people. The largest industries in New Bedford, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,114 people), Retail Trade (5,765 people), and Manufacturing (5,322 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($61,744), Information ($56,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,111).

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,989
2018 value
± $1,888
8.28%
1 Year Growth
± 4.98%

Households in New Bedford, MA have a median annual income of $43,989, 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 $40,626 in 2017, which represents a 8.28% 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 New Bedford, 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 6502.01
  2. Census Tract 6501.01
  3. Census Tract 6510.02

In 2018, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Bedford, MA was Census Tract 6502.01 with a value of $82,500, followed by Census Tract 6501.01 and Census Tract 6510.02, with respective values of $75,451 and $70,764.

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

21.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Bedford, MA (19.7k 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 Males < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

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
    10,042 ± 659
  2. Hispanic
    6,738 ± 540
  3. Other
    6,551 ± 569

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

44.2k
2018 Value
± 1,366
2.18%
1 Year growth
± 4.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in New Bedford, MA grew at a rate of 2.18%, from 43.3k employees to 44.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Bedford, MA, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,561 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,467 people), and Production Occupations (3,948 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 Sales & Related Occupations (4,561 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,467 people), and Production Occupations (3,948 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 (2.51 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.25 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.63 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Bedford, MA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($76,800), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,614), and Legal Occupations ($67,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

44.2k
2018 Value
± 1,366
2.18%
1 Year growth
± 4.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in New Bedford, MA grew at a rate of 2.18%, from 43.3k employees to 44.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Bedford, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,114 people), Retail Trade (5,765 people), and Manufacturing (5,322 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 (9,114 people), Retail Trade (5,765 people), and Manufacturing (5,322 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, New Bedford, MA has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.48 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.41 times), and Construction (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Bedford, MA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($61,744), Information ($56,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,111).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $31.5B
  2. $27.2B
  3. $24.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $31.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($27.2B) and Electronics ($24.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Massachusetts products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$240B
2015 Value in Massachusetts
$364B
Projected 2045 Value in Massachusetts
51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $240B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $364B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Massachusetts trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $13.2B
  2. $13.2B
  3. $12.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $13.2B, followed by New York with $13.2B and Connecticut and $12.7B.

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

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Education

In 2019, universities in New Bedford, MA awarded 14 degrees. The student population of New Bedford, MA is skewed towards women, with 0 male students and 11 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Bedford, MA are White (9 and 64.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (3 and 21.4%), Black or African American (2 and 14.3%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in New Bedford, MA by number of degrees awarded are Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford (14 and 100%).

The most popular majors in New Bedford, MA are General Cosmetology (14 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. 14 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in New Bedford, MA was General Cosmetology with 14 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
14 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the New Bedford, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford with 14 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
14
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Bedford, MA, which is 0 times less than the 14 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
    9 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    2 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in New Bedford, MA was White students. These 9 degrees mean that there were 3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 3 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Bedford, MA was $218,100 in 2018, which is 0.949 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $211,500 to $218,100, a 3.12% increase. The homeownership rate in New Bedford, MA is 40.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in New Bedford, MA have an average commute time of 24.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. 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

$218,100
2018 Median
± $3,402
$211,500
2017 Median
± $3,865

In 2018, the median property value in New Bedford, MA grew to to $218,100 from the previous year's value of $211,500.

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

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$43,989
Median Household Income
± $1,888
39.2k
Number of Households
± 1,230

In 2018, the median household income of the 39.2k households in New Bedford, MA grew to $43,989 from the previous year's value of $40,626.

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 $75k - $100k 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

40.6%
2018 Homeownership
41%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 40.6% of the housing units in New Bedford, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 41%.

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

24.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Bedford, MA have a shorter commute time (24.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 4.22% of the workforce in New Bedford, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (72.2%)
  2. Carpooled (16.8%)
  3. Walked (4.99%)

In 2018, 72.2% of workers in New Bedford, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (16.8%) and those who walked to work (4.99%).

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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Health

95.3% of the population of New Bedford, MA has health coverage, with 34% on employee plans, 41.4% on Medicaid, 9.14% on Medicare, 9.92% on non-group plans, and 0.779% 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 Bristol County, MA see 1893 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.799% increase from the previous year (1878 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1457 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 197 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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1,893 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Bristol County, MA

Primary care physicians in Bristol County, MA see an average of 1,893 patients per year. This represents a 0.799% increase from the previous year (1,878 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 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

4.75%
Uninsured
34%
Employer Coverage
41.4%
Medicaid
9.14%
Medicare
9.92%
Non-Group
0.779%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Bedford, MA declined by 8.44% from 5.19% to 4.75%.

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. 11.1% 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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