Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

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Population

4.84M

0.878% growth

Median Age

38.7


Median Household Income

$85,691

4.02% growth

Poverty Rate

10%


Number of Employees

2.63M

1.51% growth

Median Property Value

$441,400

6.95% growth

About

In 2017, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH had a population of 4.84M people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $85,691. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew from 4.79M to 4.84M, a 0.878% increase and its median household income grew from $82,380 to $85,691, a 4.02% increase.

The population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is 70.3% White Alone, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.89% Asian Alone. 24.3% of the people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH speak a non-English language, and 90.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are Boston University (10,671 degrees awarded in 2016), Harvard University (7,908 degrees), and Northeastern University (6,692 degrees).

The median property value in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is $441,400, and the homeownership rate is 61.8%. Most people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH employs 2.63M people. The largest industries in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are Health Care & Social Assistance (422,725 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (304,558 people), and Educational Services (301,292 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($86,620), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($82,922), and Utilities ($82,098).

Median household income in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is $85,691. Males in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,619. The income inequality in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH (measured using the Gini index) is 0.484, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$85,691

2017 value

± $1,136

4.02%

1 Year Growth

± 1.87%

Households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have a median annual income of $85,691, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $82,380 in 2016, which represents a 4.02% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$86,839

Average Male Salary

± $1,813

$65,619

Average Female Salary

± $1,325

In 2017, full-time male employees in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH made 1.32 times more than female 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

    $74,395 ± $4,445

  2. White

    $67,530 ± $1,140

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $50,403 ± $38,348

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is from Massachusetts.

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.484 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.775% 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was Norfolk County, MA with a value of $100,829, followed by Middlesex County, MA and Plymouth County, MA, with respective values of $98,555 and $86,910.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH (462k out of 4.61M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    264,808 ± 3,946

  2. Hispanic

    115,045 ± 2,540

  3. Black

    74,591 ± 2,135

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.63M

2017 Value

± 26,190

1.51%

1 Year growth

± 1.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew at a rate of 1.51%, from 2.59M employees to 2.63M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (192,648 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (80,824 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (68,346 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (192,648 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (80,824 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (68,346 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has an unusually high number of residents working as Life & Physical Scientists (3.15 times higher than expected), Social Scientists & Related Workers (1.99 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Technicians (1.94 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($91,981), Legal Occupations ($90,852), and Management Occupations ($90,388).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.63M

2017 Value

± 26,190

1.51%

1 Year growth

± 1.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew at a rate of 1.51%, from 2.59M employees to 2.63M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, are Health Care & Social Assistance (422,725 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (304,558 people), and Educational Services (301,292 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, though some of these residents may live in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (422,725 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (304,558 people), and Educational Services (301,292 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.55 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.28 times), and Educational Services (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($86,620), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($82,922), and Utilities ($82,098).

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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 with $27.2B and Electronics and $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

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

97% of the population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has health coverage, with 57.1% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 0.646% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH see 954 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.421% increase from the previous year (950 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1010 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 185 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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954 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Massachusetts see an average of 954 patients per year. This represents a 0.421% increase from the previous year (950 patients).

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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%).

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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%).

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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

3.01%

Uninsured

57.1%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

0.646%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew by 9.11% from 2.76% to 3.01%.

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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

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is home to a population of 4.84M people, from which 90.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 18% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is composed of 3.4M White Alone residents (70.3%), 541k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.2%), 382k Asian Alone residents (7.89%), 370k Black or African American Alone residents (7.64%), 94.3k Two or More Races residents (1.95%), 43.3k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.895%), 6.32k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.131%), and 695 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0144%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are Spanish or Spanish Creole (379,505 speakers), Chinese (123,060 speakers), and Portuguese or Portuguese Creole (110,950 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 18% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was 17.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. China

    92,810 ± 7,429 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    90,391 ± 7,333 people

  3. Brazil

    80,753 ± 6,936 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was China, the natal country of 92,810 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,391 and Brazil with 80,753.

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Citizenship

90.7%

2017 Citizenship

90.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.7% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was 90.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.4M ± 6.37k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    541k ± 17.8k

  3. Asian Alone

    382k ± 4.67k

In 2017, there were 6.28 times more White Alone residents (3.4M people) in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH than any other race or ethnicity. There were 541k Hispanic or Latino and 382k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    379,505 speakers (8.41%)

  2. Chinese

    123,060 speakers (2.73%)

  3. Portuguese or Portuguese Creole

    110,950 speakers (2.46%)

24.3% of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 8.41% of the overall population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 2.73% speak Chinese and 2.46% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    66,903 ± 3,318

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    30,927 ± 3,118

  3. Korea

    22,727 ± 2,196

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH awarded 104,225 degrees. The student population of Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is skewed towards women, with 163,325 male students and 211,505 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are White (54,950 and 62%), followed by Asian (8,216 and 9.27%), Hispanic or Latino (8,114 and 9.16%), and Unknown (7,992 and 9.02%).

The largest universities in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH by number of degrees awarded are Boston University (10,671 and 10.2%), Harvard University (7,908 and 7.59%), and Northeastern University (6,692 and 6.42%).

The most popular majors in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are General Business Administration & Management (8,501 and 8.16%), Registered Nursing (3,414 and 3.28%), and General Psychology (2,636 and 2.53%).

The median tuition costs in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH are $35,590 for private four year colleges, and $12,655 and $22,580 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 4,176 degrees awarded

  2. 2,269 degrees awarded

  3. 2,002 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was General Business Administration & Management with 4,176 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 10,671 degrees awarded

  2. 7,908 degrees awarded

  3. 6,692 degrees awarded

$12,655

Median In-State Public

$35,590

Median Private

In 2016, the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH institution with the largest number of graduating students was Boston University with 10,671 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

43,658

Degrees Awarded to Men

60,567

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 43,658 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, which is 0.721 times less than the 60,567 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

    54,950 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    8,216 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    8,114 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH were to White students. These 54,950 degrees mean that there were 6.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 8,216 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was $441,400 in 2017, which is 2.03 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $412,700 to $441,400, a 6.95% increase. The homeownership rate in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is 61.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have an average commute time of 29.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$85,691

Median Household Income

± $1,136

1.82M

Number of Households

± 20,991

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.82M households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew to $85,691 from the previous year's value of $82,380.

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Housing

Property Value

$441,400

2017 Median

± $2,971

$412,700

2016 Median

± $3,354

In 2017, the median property value in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH grew to to $441,400 from the previous year's value of $412,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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Rent vs Own

61.8%

2017 Homeownership

61.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.8% of the housing units in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.3%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

29.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have a longer commute time (29.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.5% of the workforce in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    66.6%

  2. Public Transit

    13.4%

  3. Carpooled

    7.03%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH was Drove Alone, followed by those who Public Transit and those who Carpooled.

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