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Bristol County, Massachusetts (MA)

County population in 2014: 554,194 (90% urban, 10% rural); it was 534,678 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 98,058
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 34,735
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 126,531
Renter-occupied apartments: 80,217 (it was 78,880 in 2000)
% of renters here:

38%
State:

38%

Land area: 556 sq. mi.

Water area: 135.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 997 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bristol County: 131.2 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.7%), Educational, health and social services (15.0%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.7%), Manufacturing (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bristol County, Massachusetts:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (85.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.9%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • Asian alone (1.8%)
  • Some other race alone (1.3%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years
Males: 268,377  (48.4%)
Females: 285,817  (51.6%)
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Bristol County,MA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Bristol County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $60,183 ($43,496 in 1999)

This county:

$60,183
Massachusetts:

$70,628

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $716 (lower quartile is $526, upper quartile is $949)
This county:

$716
State:

$1014


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $275,000 (it was $147,100 in 2000)
Bristol:

$275,000
Massachusetts:

$352,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $212,500 - $368,700
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,782
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $654

Institutionalized population: 6,219
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Health of residents in Bristol County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.3. This is worse than average.
68.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
52.1% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
76.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
69.0% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 192 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 159 pounds. This is about average.
8.6% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 846 buildings, average cost: $196,200
  • 2008: 494 buildings, average cost: $208,600
  • 2009: 454 buildings, average cost: $194,700
  • 2010: 478 buildings, average cost: $185,200
  • 2011: 392 buildings, average cost: $200,800
  • 2012: 479 buildings, average cost: $189,900
  • 2013: 653 buildings, average cost: $203,400
  • 2014: 645 buildings, average cost: $185,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $3,310 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $3,300 (1.2%)

Bristol County household income distribution in 2009 Bristol County home values distribution Bristol County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 12.6%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.0% for Black residents, 43.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.7% for American Indian residents, 25.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.5% for other race residents, 23.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 12.6%
Bristol County:

12.6%
Massachusetts:

11.5%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.6% for Black residents, 43.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.7% for American Indian residents, 25.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.5% for other race residents, 22.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 46 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

Area name: New Bedford, MA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bristol County is $658 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $753 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $902 a month.

Cities in this county include: New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Dartmouth, North Attleborough, Mansfield, Easton, Somerset, Norton.

Bristol County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Bristol County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.037 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.1 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Antelope County, Nebraska , Blaine County, Nebraska , Greene County, New York , Logan County, Nebraska .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.5%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 28,891
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 73.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 62,813 (58% naturalized citizens)

Bristol County:

11.7%
Whole state:

12.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 5,465
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,934
  • 1985 to 1989: 6,504
  • 1980 to 1984: 6,302
  • 1975 to 1979: 9,135
  • 1970 to 1974: 9,467
  • 1970 to 1974: 12,030
  • 1965 to 1969: 9,976
Note: State values scaled to Bristol County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 63.6%

Bristol County marital status for males Bristol County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 111,183
  • One, attached: 6,367
  • Two: 24,434
  • 3 or 4: 36,456
  • 5 to 9: 16,849
  • 10 to 19: 6,453
  • 20 or more: 11,661
  • Mobile homes: 3,469
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 46

Housing units in Bristol County with a mortgage: 71,619 (6,660 second mortgage, 10,617 home equity loan, 204 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 28,300

Here:

71.7% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bristol County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic286,11372
Evangelical Protestant18,765128
Mainline Protestant18,24683
Other7,80733
Orthodox1,5654
Black Protestant5115
None215,278-
Bristol County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 109
Bristol County:

2.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 105
This county:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 128
Bristol County:

2.35 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 447
This county:

8.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bristol County:

9.5%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Bristol County:

26.9%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.4%
State:

16.5%

Agriculture in Bristol County:

Average size of farms: 58 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $47,053
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1863.34
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 43.98%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 23.96%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $37,318
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 33.20%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 16.64%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $36,804
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.69%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.00
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 36.83%
Corn for grain: 241 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,872 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 294 acres

Earthquake activity:

Bristol County-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 222.7 miles away from Bristol County center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 121.7 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 229.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 189.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 72.0 miles away from Bristol County center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 276.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 2015 to January 29, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4214: April 13, 2015, FEMA Id: 4214, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Explosions, Incident Period: April 15, 2013 to April 22, 2013, Emergency Declared EM-3362: April 17, 2013, FEMA Id: 3362, Natural disaster type: Explosion
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 10, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4110: April 19, 2013, FEMA Id: 4110, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3350: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3350, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4097: December 19, 2012, FEMA Id: 4097, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Tropical Storm Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to August 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4028: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4028, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3330: August 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 3330, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Earl, Incident Period: September 01, 2010 to September 04, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3315: September 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 3315, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1895: March 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1895, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3296: December 13, 2008, FEMA Id: 3296, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • 13 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Bristol County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 11

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 5, Snows: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Explosion: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Portugal (66%)
  • Other Western Africa (4%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • Brazil (3%)
  • Cambodia (2%)
  • India (2%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Bristol County (%):

  • Portuguese (30%)
  • Irish (13%)
  • French (except Basque) (9%)
  • English (8%)
  • Italian (7%)
  • French Canadian (6%)
  • United States or American (4%)

Bristol County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 207,618 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 27,065 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,043 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 48 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 403 (0%)
  • Railroad: 3,407 (1%)
  • Ferryboat: 57 (0%)
  • Taxi: 598 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 139 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 404 (0%)
  • Walked: 5,563 (2%)
  • Other means: 1,496 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 5,280 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Bristol County, Massachusetts in 2000:

  • 5,193 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 5,051 people in nursing homes
  • 1,058 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 510 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 419 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 309 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 255 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 218 people in religious group quarters
  • 172 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 108 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 105 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 69 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 55 people in military ships
  • 52 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 36 people in other group homes
  • 29 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 14 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 13 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 8 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in Bristol County, Massachusetts in 2010:

  • 7,506 people in college/university student housing
  • 4,394 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,318 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 678 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 640 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 591 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 168 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 157 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 127 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 98 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 98 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 77 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 10 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 6 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $60,361.

3.63% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($44,295 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.63%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($160 average AGI)
Bristol County:

0.03%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

1.97% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($24,149 average AGI)
1.63% relocated from other states ($19,986 average AGI)
Bristol County:

1.63%
Massachusetts average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Plymouth County, MA  0.73% ($38,878 average AGI)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.55% ($50,643)
from Providence County, RI  0.45% ($48,971)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.19% ($49,231)
from Middlesex County, MA  0.18% ($55,405)
from Worcester County, MA  0.11% ($43,565)
from Newport County, RI  0.10% ($47,250)


3.96% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,247 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.96%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($354 average AGI)
Bristol County:

0.03%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

1.94% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($22,853 average AGI)
1.99% relocated to other states ($23,041 average AGI)
Bristol County:

1.99%
Massachusetts average:

2.61%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Plymouth County, MA  0.67% ($45,893 average AGI)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.55% ($52,377)
to Providence County, RI  0.40% ($39,571)
to Suffolk County, MA  0.21% ($40,066)
to Middlesex County, MA  0.20% ($47,055)
to Newport County, RI  0.12% ($39,160)
to Worcester County, MA  0.11% ($43,122)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.8

Births per 1000 population in Bristol County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Bristol County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 4.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bristol County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 1.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bristol County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bristol County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 91,057 (71,631 aged, 19,426 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 6,504 (5%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Bristol County, Massachusetts in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (7,023)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (5,161)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (4,744)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,924)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,822)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (2,506)
  • Congestive heart failure (2,072)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,999)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,862)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,741)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.73
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10,199
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 215
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 54,087

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,216
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 874
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 21

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 40
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 98

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 26.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 13.4
  • Cut/Pierce - 6.1
  • Other - 6.6

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 62.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 27.7
  • Firearm - 16.1
  • Poisoning - 13.2
  • Other - 5.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 532,417
  • In family households: 444,740 (93,440 male householders, 47,898 female householders)
    101,208 spouses, 160,791 children (151,812 natural, 3,293 adopted, 5,686 stepchildren), 9,612 grandchildren, 4,550 brothers or sisters, 5,590 parents, 4,929 other relatives, 12,847 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 87,677 (32,955 male householders (25,495 living alone)), 38,717 female householders (32,941 living alone)), 16,005 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 15,868 (6,219 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 55,912 2-persons, 36,155 3-persons, 30,890 4-persons, 12,461 5-persons, 3,949 6-persons, 1,971 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 58,436 1-person, 11,444 2-persons, 1,147 3-persons, 443 4-persons, 133 5-persons, 44 6-persons, 25 7-or-more-persons.

88,038 married couples with children.
33,142 single-parent households (5,908 men, 27,234 women).

78.9% of residents of Bristol County speak English at home.
2.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
16.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (61% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (75% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $3,525,670,000 ($6,432 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $535,533,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,224,078,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $786,274,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,562,000
Federal grants: $887,355,000
Federal procurement contracts: $519,847,000 ($483,440,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $98,554,000 ($18,407,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $78,545,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $300,271,000
Federal Government insurance: $487,292,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 34,810
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 27,232
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4,320
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +403
Here +1 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bristol County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 57.79 millions of gallons per day (29% from ground, 71% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 410
  • 2010 to 2013: 2,558
  • 2000 to 2009: 14,172
  • 1990 to 1999: 20,299
  • 1980 to 1989: 23,880
  • 1970 to 1979: 27,616
  • 1960 to 1969: 23,477
  • 1950 to 1959: 25,411
  • 1940 to 1949: 12,484
  • 1939 or earlier: 81,307
Note: State values scaled to Bristol population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bristol County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Bristol County population
  • 1 room: 54
  • 2 rooms: 555
  • 3 rooms: 2,220
  • 4 rooms: 11,326
  • 5 rooms: 27,833
  • 6 rooms: 31,544
  • 7 rooms: 23,067
  • 8 rooms: 15,868
  • 9+ rooms: 14,064
  • 1 room: 1,949
  • 2 rooms: 6,516
  • 3 rooms: 14,144
  • 4 rooms: 21,593
  • 5 rooms: 19,010
  • 6 rooms: 10,345
  • 7 rooms: 3,362
  • 8 rooms: 1,155
  • 9+ rooms: 806
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bristol County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Bristol County population
  • no bedroom: 163
  • 1 bedroom: 4,078
  • 2 bedrooms: 28,383
  • 3 bedrooms: 65,466
  • 4 bedrooms: 23,314
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5,127
  • no bedroom: 2,279
  • 1 bedroom: 21,649
  • 2 bedrooms: 31,888
  • 3 bedrooms: 20,104
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,436
  • 5+ bedrooms: 524
Cars and other vehicles available in Bristol County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Bristol County population
  • no vehicle: 5,554
  • 1 vehicle: 34,490
  • 2 vehicles: 61,207
  • 3 vehicles: 18,809
  • 4 vehicles: 4,942
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,529
  • no vehicle: 18,517
  • 1 vehicle: 39,273
  • 2 vehicles: 17,952
  • 3 vehicles: 2,425
  • 4 vehicles: 388
  • 5+ vehicles: 325

63% of Bristol County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 69% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in Massachusetts.

Bristol County:

63.4%
State average:

60.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 373,983
  • Northeast: 67,459
  • Midwest: 7,583
  • South: 9,205
  • West: 4,696

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $132,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bristol County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (44.7%)
  • Electricity (4.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.1%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (65.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16.1%)
  • Electricity (15.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 6,029
Here:

9.8%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,547
Here:

8.4%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 8,254
Here:

33.7%
Massachusetts:

48.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Bristol County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General - Other: $855,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $48,101,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $6,438,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,241,000
    General - Other: $3,718,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,991,000
    Financial Administration: $298,000
  • Employee Retirement - Other Investments - Other: $194,628,000
    Corporate Stocks: $104,680,000
    Corporate Bonds: $39,211,000
    Benefit Payments: $25,256,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $7,001,000
    Withdrawals: $2,529,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $229,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $33,930,000

Bristol County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $9,975,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $1,080,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $19,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $24,362,000
    From Parent Local Government: $20,103,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $12,429,000
    From Other Governments: $1,563,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $53,000
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $2,711,000
    Interest Earnings: $265,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $31,749,000
    Education: $2,348,000
    General Local Government Support: $451,000
  • Tax - Other Selective Sales: $7,176,000
    Property: $4,613,000

Bristol County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $5,800,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,609,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 18,519
  • Number of aged recipients: 4,471
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 14,048
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,646
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 12,044
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 4,829
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 8,150
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 8,700
Bristol County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bristol County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 116 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,630$223,8462,492$204,40213,204$216,6431,028$107,79283$1,154,373660$203,04747$57,085
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED91$214,000160$206,300861$229,95179$84,5324$4,037,00040$180,97510$63,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED313$199,748483$157,6423,629$235,859342$91,37121$313,381208$181,91832$52,031
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN180$210,356309$206,0682,169$230,79394$133,7668$1,521,50096$216,5735$67,200
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS66$193,78881$221,556779$235,58043$125,9771$162,00025$198,7602$71,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 102 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED324$256,796243$277,1196$180,1670$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED116$250,974110$274,0731$196,0001$242,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED79$251,08985$275,7530$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN25$271,16051$253,9021$136,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$245,2733$218,6671$183,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Bristol County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary8,40581.6 years
John5,83274.9 years
Joseph5,73175.4 years
Manuel3,96276.1 years
William3,07374.6 years
Maria2,95980.1 years
George2,30474.6 years
James2,20372.8 years
Edward1,87573.8 years
Alice1,85380.6 years
Most common last names in Bristol County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Medeiros1,74475.5 years
Souza1,30775.9 years
Costa1,07775.6 years
Mello1,01176.0 years
Perry1,00776.4 years
Ferreira91575.4 years
Smith90677.1 years
Silva89277.0 years
Sylvia89276.3 years
Cabral81576.2 years
Businesses in Bristol County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven12Kohl's4
ALDO1Kroger2
AMF Bowling1La-Z-Boy3
AT&T11Lane Bryant3
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lane Furniture4
Abercrombie Kids1LensCrafters4
Ace Hardware7Little Caesars Pizza3
Advance Auto Parts9Lowe's4
Aeropostale4Macy's4
American Eagle Outfitters4Marriott3
Ann Taylor2Marshalls4
Applebee's5MasterBrand Cabinets50
Ashley Furniture7Mazda3
Audi1McDonald's22
AutoZone10Men's Wearhouse5
Avenue3Motel 61
Bakers1Motherhood Maternity6
Barnes & Noble1New Balance7
Baskin-Robbins1New York & Co2
Bath & Body Works5Nike14
Bed Bath & Beyond4Nissan2
Best Western2OfficeMax1
Blockbuster1Old Country Buffet2
Brookstone1Old Navy3
Budget Car Rental1Olive Garden3
Burger King13Outback1
CVS23Outback Steakhouse1
Casual Male XL2Pac Sun4
Charlotte Russe2Panera Bread4
Chevrolet3Papa John's Pizza3
Chico's1Payless11
Chipotle1Penske4
Circle K1PetSmart1
Cold Stone Creamery2Pier 1 Imports4
Coldwater Creek1Pizza Hut2
Comfort Inn2Popeyes1
Curves6Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Dairy Queen2Quality1
Days Inn2Quiznos2
Deb3RadioShack12
Decora Cabinetry9Ramada1
Domino's Pizza9Raymour & Flanigan2
DressBarn5Red Roof Inn1
Dressbarn4Rite Aid22
Dunkin Donuts108Ruby Tuesday4
Express4Rue212
Extended Stay America1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Famous Footwear4Sam's Club1
Fashion Bug4Sears11
FedEx62Shaw's7
Finish Line4Spencer Gifts4
Firestone Complete Auto Care5Sprint Nextel12
Foot Locker3Staples5
Ford5Starbucks4
Forever 212Stop & Shop11
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Subaru1
GNC13Subway34
GameStop13Super 81
Gap2T-Mobile19
Gymboree2T.G.I. Driday's5
H&M2T.J.Maxx5
H&R Block18Taco Bell6
Hilton4Target5
Holiday Inn3The Limited1
Hollister Co.3Torrid2
Home Depot5Toyota3
Honda3Toys"R"Us6
Hot Topic3True Value5
Hyundai4U-Haul18
IHOP2UPS66
JCPenney3Verizon Wireless9
JoS. A. Bank1Victoria's Secret4
Jones New York6Volkswagen3
Journeys3Walgreens12
Justice5Walmart7
KFC6Wendy's14
Kincaid1Wet Seal2
Kmart3World Gym1
Knights Inn1YMCA11

Bristol County on our top lists:

  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"