New Bedford, MA

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2020 Population
95,355
0.122% 1-year growth
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
36.4
0.546% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
18.6%
8.38% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$48,999
5.78% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$239,000
5.33% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
43,972
0.234% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, New Bedford, MA had a population of 95.4k people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $48,999. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of New Bedford, MA grew from 95,239 to 95,355, a 0.122% increase and its median household income grew from $46,321 to $48,999, a 5.78% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in New Bedford, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (59.1%), Other (Hispanic) (14%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.21%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (5.95%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.13%).

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

91.6% of the residents in New Bedford, MA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Bedford, MA are Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford (6 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in New Bedford, MA was $239,000, and the homeownership rate was 39.8%. Most people in New Bedford, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26 minutes. The average car ownership in New Bedford, MA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

New Bedford, MA is home to a population of 95.4k people, from which 91.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 20% of New Bedford, MA residents were born outside of the country (19.1k people).

In 2020, there were 4.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (56.4k people) in New Bedford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13.3k Other (Hispanic) and 5.92k 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 New Bedford, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    56.4k ± 1.62k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    13.3k ± 1.22k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.92k ± 796
21.9%
Hispanic Population
20.9k people

In 2020, there were 4.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (56.4k people) in New Bedford, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13.3k Other (Hispanic) and 5.92k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

21.9% of the people in New Bedford, MA are hispanic (20.9k 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

20%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
19.1k people
20.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
19.9k people

As of 2020, 20% of New Bedford, MA residents (19.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in New Bedford, MA was 20.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.1
48
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.4

In 2020, the median age of all people in New Bedford, MA was 36.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in New Bedford, MA are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all New Bedford, MA residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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

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

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Citizenship

91.6%
2020 Citizenship
91.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 91.6% of New Bedford, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in New Bedford, MA was 91.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,087 ± 214
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    461 ± 152
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    359 ± 146

New Bedford, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.36 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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

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Employment by Industry Sector

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

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

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Massachusetts across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in New Bedford, MA is $48,999. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in New Bedford, MA was Census Tract 6502.01 with a value of $96,402, followed by Census Tract 6510.02 and Census Tract 6521, with respective values of $81,297 and $76,875.

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

The economy of New Bedford, MA employs 44k people. The largest industries in New Bedford, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,485 people), Retail Trade (5,728 people), and Manufacturing (4,469 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($79,917), Information ($64,500), and Public Administration ($59,681).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,999
2020 value
± $2,075
5.78%
1 Year Growth
± 5.4%

Households in New Bedford, MA have a median annual income of $48,999, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,321 in 2019, which represents a 5.78% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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

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

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Massachusetts
  1. Asian
    $80,954 ± $4,414
  2. White
    $72,040 ± $1,231
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $57,223 ± $36,115

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

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Wage Distribution

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

In 2020, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.544% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 6502.01
  2. Census Tract 6510.02
  3. Census Tract 6521

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Bedford, MA was Census Tract 6502.01 with a value of $96,402, followed by Census Tract 6510.02 and Census Tract 6521, with respective values of $81,297 and $76,875.

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 Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Bedford, MA (17.4k out of 93.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males < 5 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
    7,958 ± 592
  2. Hispanic
    6,838 ± 630
  3. Other
    5,717 ± 589

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

44k
2020 Value
± 1,565
−0.234%
1 Year decline
± 4.73%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in New Bedford, MA declined at a rate of −0.234%, from 44.1k employees to 44k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Bedford, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,516 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,237 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (3,754 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 (4,516 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,237 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (3,754 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 (2.3 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Bedford, MA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,250), Legal Occupations ($72,065), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,846).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

44k
2020 Value
± 1,565
−0.234%
1 Year decline
± 4.73%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in New Bedford, MA declined at a rate of −0.234%, from 44.1k employees to 44k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Bedford, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,485 people), Retail Trade (5,728 people), and Manufacturing (4,469 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 (9,485 people), Retail Trade (5,728 people), and Manufacturing (4,469 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, New Bedford, MA has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.54 times higher than expected), Construction (1.39 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Bedford, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($79,917), Information ($64,500), and Public Administration ($59,681).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $37.4B
  2. $29.6B
  3. $28.4B

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

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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

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

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

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31B
  2. $23.4B
  3. $14.9B

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

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

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Civics

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

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

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

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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

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

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

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US Senators from Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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US Representatives from Massachusetts

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

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

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Education

In 2020, universities in New Bedford, MA awarded 6 degrees. The student population of New Bedford, MA is skewed towards women, with 0 male students and 12 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Bedford, MA are Black or African American (3 and 50%), followed by White (2 and 33.3%), Hispanic or Latino (1 and 16.7%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in New Bedford, MA by number of degrees awarded are Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford (6 and 100%).

The most popular majors in New Bedford, MA are General Cosmetology (6 and 100%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 6 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in New Bedford, MA was General Cosmetology with 6 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
6 degrees awarded

In 2020, the New Bedford, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford with 6 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

0
Degrees Awarded to Men
6
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Bedford, MA, which is 0 times less than the 6 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    3 degrees awarded
  2. White
    2 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in New Bedford, MA was Black or African American students. These 3 degrees mean that there were 1.5 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Bedford, MA was $239,000 in 2020, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $226,900 to $239,000, a 5.33% increase. The homeownership rate in New Bedford, MA is 39.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in New Bedford, MA have an average commute time of 26 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

$239,000
2020 Median
± $4,999
$226,900
2019 Median
± $3,618

In 2020, the median property value in New Bedford, MA grew to to $239,000 from the previous year's value of $226,900.

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.
$48,999
Median Household Income
± $2,075
39.1k
Number of Households
± 1,383

In 2020, the median household income of the 39.1k households in New Bedford, MA grew to $48,999 from the previous year's value of $46,321.

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

39.8%
2020 Homeownership
40.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 39.8% of the housing units in New Bedford, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 40.2%.

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

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Commute Time

26 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Bedford, MA have a shorter commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.74% 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (74%)
  2. Carpooled (14.3%)
  3. Walked (4.59%)

In 2020, 74% of workers in New Bedford, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (14.3%) and those who walked to work (4.59%).

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 false.

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Health

95.1% of the population of New Bedford, MA has health coverage, with 34.4% on employee plans, 41.2% on Medicaid, 9.2% on Medicare, 9.41% on non-group plans, and 0.896% 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

4.91%
Uninsured
34.4%
Employer Coverage
41.2%
Medicaid
9.2%
Medicare
9.41%
Non-Group
0.896%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Bedford, MA grew by 5.85% from 4.64% to 4.91%.

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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