Essex County, MA

779,018 Population
492.5 square miles 1,581.6 people per square mile

Census data: ACS 2016 1-year unless noted

 

 People

Percent of State Population
11.4%
was 11.4%
Ranked 4th Highest in MA
Population Density
1,581.6
US 88.8 people/sq mile
Dependency Ratio
51.7%
was 51.1%
US Population Dependency Ratio is 49.7
Percent Foreign Born
16.8%
was 15.8%
Ranked 4th Highest in MA
Percent Under 18
21.6%
was 21.8%
Ranked 3rd Highest in MA
Percent 65 and Over
16.4%
was 16.0%
Ranked 5th Highest in MA

 Economics

Unemployment Rate
3.9
was 5.2
Ranked 5th Lowest in MA
Percent Living in Poverty
10.8%
was 11.5%
Ranked 9th Lowest in MA
Median Household Income
$70,886
was $68,455
Ranked 4th Highest in MA
Gini Income Distribution
 
48
48.5
US Gini Index is 42.0
Number of Businesses per 100,000
2,392
Ranked 8th Highest in MA
Patents per 100,000
71
Ranked 5th Highest in MA

 Safety

Homicides per 100,000
1
was 1
Ranked 4th Highest in MA
Violent Crimes per 100,000
255
was 317
Ranked 10th Highest in MA
Property Crimes per 100,000
1,347
was 1,928
Ranked 10th Highest in MA

 Housing

Total Housing Units
309,644
was 309,255
Ranked 4th Highest in MA
Median Rent
$1,122
was $1,134
Ranked 6th Highest in MA
Total Building Permits
974
was 1,169
 
Occupied Housing Units
289,817
was 288,149
 
Homeownership Rate
64.5%
was 63.6%
Ranked 7th Highest in MA
Single Family Building Permits
747
was 645
 
Residential Units Per Sq Mile
628.8
was 627.9
Ranked 4th Highest in MA
Rental Vacancy Rate
16.2%
was 16.7%
Ranked 9th Highest in MA
Multifamily Building Permits
227
was 524
 
Persons Per Dwelling Unit
2.6
was 2.6
Ranked 2nd Highest in MA
Building Permits per 1000 Housing Units
3.2
was 3.8
 
Building Permits per 1000 Residents
1.3
was 1.5
 

 Health

Percent with Insurance Under 18
98.9%
was 99.2%
Ranked 9th Highest in MA
Percent with Insurance 18 to 64
96.0%
Ranked 8th Highest in MA
Percent with Insurance Over 65
99.9%
was 99.7%
Ranked 5th Highest in MA

 Education

Percent with High School Diploma or Higher
88.9%
was 89.6%
Ranked 9th Highest in MA
Percent with Bachelors Degree or Higher
38.4%
was 38.5%
Ranked 6th Highest in MA

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