Waltham, MA

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2019 Population
62,777
0.321% 1-year decline
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
34.3
1.18% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
9.31%
14.8% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$95,964
12% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$536,500
7.93% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
37,829
3.95% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Waltham, MA had a population of 62.8k people with a median age of 34.3 and a median household income of $95,964. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Waltham, MA declined from 62,979 to 62,777, a −0.321% decrease and its median household income grew from $85,677 to $95,964, a 12% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Waltham, MA are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (11.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.7%), White (Hispanic) (6.02%), and Other (Hispanic) (4.99%). 0% of the households in Waltham, MA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

83.7% of the residents in Waltham, MA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Waltham, MA are Brandeis University (2,369 degrees awarded in 2019), Bentley University (1,753 degrees), and New England School of Photography (19 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Waltham, MA was $536,500, and the homeownership rate was 51.7%. Most people in Waltham, MA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Waltham, MA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Waltham, MA is home to a population of 62.8k people, from which 83.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 49.8% of Waltham, MA residents were born outside of the country (31.3k people).

In 2019, there were 5.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (41.4k people) in Waltham, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.31k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.21k 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 Waltham, MA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    41.4k ± 1.37k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    7.31k ± 832
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    4.21k ± 881
13.6%
Hispanic Population
8.54k people

In 2019, there were 5.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (41.4k people) in Waltham, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.31k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.21k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.6% of the people in Waltham, MA are hispanic (8.54k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

49.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
31.3k people
28.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
17.9k people

As of 2019, 49.8% of Waltham, MA residents (31.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Waltham, MA was 28.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

32
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Waltham, MA was 34.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Waltham, MA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Waltham, MA residents was 34.

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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

83.7%
2019 Citizenship
82.4%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 83.7% of Waltham, MA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Waltham, MA was 82.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    693 ± 163
  2. Korea
    278 ± 106
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    149 ± 115

Waltham, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.49 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 Waltham, MA is $95,964. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Waltham, MA was Census Tract 3681.02 with a value of $136,667, followed by Census Tract 3681.01 and Census Tract 3682, with respective values of $127,014 and $116,048.

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 Waltham, MA employs 37.8k people. The largest industries in Waltham, MA are Educational Services (5,373 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,282 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,852 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,500), Manufacturing ($91,364), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($85,403).

Wages

Median Household Income

$95,964
2019 value
± $2,932
12%
1 Year Growth
± 6.74%

Households in Waltham, MA have a median annual income of $95,964, 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 $85,677 in 2018, which represents a 12% 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 Waltham, 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 3681.02
  2. Census Tract 3681.01
  3. Census Tract 3682

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Waltham, MA was Census Tract 3681.02 with a value of $136,667, followed by Census Tract 3681.01 and Census Tract 3682, with respective values of $127,014 and $116,048.

The following map shows all of the places in Waltham, 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

9.31% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Waltham, MA (5.18k out of 55.7k 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 Males 18 - 24 and then Females 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
    2,725 ± 437
  2. Hispanic
    1,449 ± 414
  3. Asian
    735 ± 235

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Waltham, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

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

37.8k
2019 Value
± 1,448
3.95%
1 Year growth
± 5.16%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Waltham, MA grew at a rate of 3.95%, from 36.4k employees to 37.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Waltham, MA, are Management Occupations (4,035 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,986 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,492 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Waltham, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Waltham, MA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (4,035 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,986 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,492 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waltham, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.66 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.62 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Waltham, MA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($151,131), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($96,027), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($92,037).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

37.8k
2019 Value
± 1,448
3.95%
1 Year growth
± 5.16%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Waltham, MA grew at a rate of 3.95%, from 36.4k employees to 37.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Waltham, MA, are Educational Services (5,373 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,282 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,852 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Waltham, MA, though some of these residents may live in Waltham, 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 Waltham, MA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (5,373 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,282 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,852 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Waltham, MA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.77 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.53 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Waltham, MA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,500), Manufacturing ($91,364), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($85,403).

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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

Showing data for Massachusetts.
$277B
2018 Value in Massachusetts
$573B
Projected 2045 Value in Massachusetts
107% growth

In 2018, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $277B. This is expected to increase 107% to $573B by 2045.

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

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $23.6B
  2. $17.6B
  3. $13B

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

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Middlesex County, MA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 66.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28%), followed by Other (5.6%). The most partisan county was Suffolk County, MA with 79.6% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

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

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

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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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 Middlesex County, MA
66.4% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Massachusetts
  1. 79.6% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 67.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Massachusetts was Suffolk County, MA with 79.6% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

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

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US Senators from Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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US Representatives from Massachusetts

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

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

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Education

In 2019, universities in Waltham, MA awarded 4,141 degrees. The student population of Waltham, MA is skewed towards women, with 5,399 male students and 5,740 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Waltham, MA are White (1,939 and 65.6%), followed by Asian (393 and 13.3%), Hispanic or Latino (255 and 8.62%), and Black or African American (161 and 5.44%).

The largest universities in Waltham, MA by number of degrees awarded are Brandeis University (2,369 and 57.2%), Bentley University (1,753 and 42.3%), and New England School of Photography (19 and 0.459%).

The most popular majors in Waltham, MA are General Business Administration & Management (274 and 6.62%), General Finance (257 and 6.21%), and Accounting (254 and 6.13%).

The median tuition cost in Waltham, MA for private four year colleges is $52,700.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 235 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 188 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 169 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Waltham, MA was General Finance with 235 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,369 degrees awarded
  2. 1,753 degrees awarded
  3. 19 degrees awarded
$52,700
Median Private

In 2019, the Waltham, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Brandeis University with 2,369 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,884
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,257
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,884 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Waltham, MA, which is 0.835 times less than the 2,257 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,939 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    393 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    255 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Waltham, MA was White students. These 1,939 degrees mean that there were 4.93 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 393 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Waltham, MA was $536,500 in 2019, which is 2.23 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $497,100 to $536,500, a 7.93% increase. The homeownership rate in Waltham, MA is 51.7%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Waltham, MA have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Waltham, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$536,500
2019 Median
± $14,345
$497,100
2018 Median
± $12,503

In 2019, the median property value in Waltham, MA grew to to $536,500 from the previous year's value of $497,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Waltham, 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 Waltham, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k 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.
$95,964
Median Household Income
± $2,932
23.7k
Number of Households
± 1,024

In 2019, the median household income of the 23.7k households in Waltham, MA grew to $95,964 from the previous year's value of $85,677.

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

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Rent vs Own

51.7%
2019 Homeownership
50.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 51.7% of the housing units in Waltham, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 50.3%.

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

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Commute Time

24.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Waltham, MA have a shorter commute time (24.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.28% of the workforce in Waltham, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (70.3%)
  2. Walked (8.01%)
  3. Carpooled (7.98%)

In 2019, 70.3% of workers in Waltham, MA drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (8.01%) and those who carpooled to work (7.98%).

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

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Health

96.5% of the population of Waltham, MA has health coverage, with 58.1% on employee plans, 14.9% on Medicaid, 9.48% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 0.468% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see 793 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (798 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 980 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 166 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Plymouth County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.1%). Additionally, Hampden County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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793 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Middlesex County, MA

Primary care physicians in Middlesex County, MA see an average of 793 patients per year. This represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (798 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Middlesex County, MA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$10,559
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Massachusetts
$5,302
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,922
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,899
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.48%
Uninsured
58.1%
Employer Coverage
14.9%
Medicaid
9.48%
Medicare
13.5%
Non-Group
0.468%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Waltham, MA grew by 6.44% from 3.27% to 3.48%.

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