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County population in 2012: 755,618 (96% urban, 4% rural); it was 723,419 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 138,604
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 43,968
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 175,022
Renter-occupied apartments: 103,384 (it was 100,397 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

38%

Land area: 501 sq. mi.
Water area: 327.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 1496 people per square mile 
 
 (very high).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Essex County: 134.5 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (26.8%), Educational,health and social services (16.3%), Finance,insurance,real estate,and rental and leasing (12.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 39%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Essex County, Massachusetts:


Median resident age:  40.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years

Males: 356,615  (46.6%)
Females: 386,544  (53.4%)

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Essex County,MA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Essex County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $62,986 ($51,576 in 1999)
This county:

$62986
Massachusetts:

$64081

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $853 (lower quartile is $534, upper quartile is $1,110)
This county:

$853
State:

$864


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $361,700 (it was $206,800 in 2000)
Essex County:

$361,700
Massachusetts:

$338,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $267,100 - $493,400

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $482,856
Here:

$482,856
State:

$412,156

Townhouses or other attached units: $381,689
Here:

$381,689
State:

$346,236

In 2-unit structures: $268,629
Here:

$268,629
State:

$348,924

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $324,443
Here:

$324,443
State:

$354,648

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $242,616
Here:

$242,616
State:

$326,862

Mobile homes: $107,485
Here:

$107,485
State:

$71,966

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $226,269
Here:

$226,269
State:

$284,583
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,197
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $687

Institutionalized population: 6,766

Essex County, MA map from a distance

Health of residents in Essex County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
73.1% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
46.3% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
89.3% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
76.6% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 192 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 158 pounds. This is about average.
10.5% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results



Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $3,895 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $3,682 (1.0%)


Essex County household income distribution in 2009 Essex County home values distribution


Essex County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 10.7%
(6.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.1% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 10.7%
Essex County:

10.7%
Massachusetts:

10.3%
(6.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.1% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Area name: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Essex County is $1128 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1324 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1584 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lynn, Lawrence, Haverhill, Peabody, Methuen, Salem, Beverly, Andover, Gloucester, North Andover.

Essex County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2005 air pollution in Essex County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.115 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.088 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 28 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.



Click to draw/clear Essex County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Essex County: Alfalfa Farm (A), Boston Hill Ski Area (B), Cranes Castle (C), Essex Country Club (D), Far Corner Golf Course (E), Manchester Station (F), Pines Speedway (G), Rowley Station (H), Ballardville Station (I), Hamilton-Wenham Station (J), Lorraine Park Campground (K), Appleton Farms (L), Cider Hill Farm (M), Ingaldsby Farm (N), Long Hill Orchard (O), Russell Orchards (P), Smolak Farm (Q), Artichoke Dairy (R), Ipswich Light (S), Candlewood Golf Club (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Cross Roads Plaza Shopping Center (1), Georgetown Shopping Center (2), North Andover Mall (3), Spree Shopping Center (4), Colonial Shopping Center (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Essex County include: Saint Marys Church (A), Wenham Church (B), Cutler Church (C), Rosedale Church (D), South Byfield Church (E), Adelynrood Retreat (F), Byfield Parish Church (G), Saint Clares Monastery (H), Groveland Congregational Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: First Burying Ground (1), Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (2), Syrian Cemetery (3), Sacred Heart Cemetery (4), Temple Emanuel Cemetery (5), Choate Cemetery (6), West Parish Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Cedar Pond (A), Crane Pond (B), Gravelly Pond (C), Little Crane Pond (D), Dexter Pond (E), Muddy Pond (F), Tuxbury Pond (G), Cutler Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mosquito Brook (A), Mill Brook (B), Bachelder Brook (C), Essex River (D), Town Creek (E), Ipswich River (F), Penn Brook (G), Flint Brook (H), Broad Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Essex County include: Plum Island State Park (1), B W Palmer State Park (2), Masconomo Park (3), Harold R Rafton Reservation (4), Hamilton Historic District (5), Boxford Wildlife Sanctuary (6), Carr Island State Reservation (7), Patton Park (8), American League Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Gray Beach (A), Crane Beach (B), Black Beach (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire , Rockingham County, New Hampshire , Middlesex County , Suffolk County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 41,131
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 31.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 82,039 (41% naturalized citizens)

Essex County:

11.3%
Whole state:

12.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 65.7%

Essex County marital status for males
Essex County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Essex County with a mortgage: 100,895 (8,180 second mortgage, 15,048 home equity loan, 482 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 39,036

Here:

72.1% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 64.47%
Here64.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 466,354
Total congregations: 378

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchJewishUnited Church of ChristEpiscopal ChurchGreek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Adherents362,900 (77.8%)21,700 (4.7%)15,358 (3.3%)14,064 (3.0%)10,272 (2.2%)
Congregations70 (18.5%)29 (7.7%)49 (13.0%)28 (7.4%)6 (1.6%)
NameUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAAssemblies of GodChurch of the NazareneOther
Adherents8,713 (1.9%)5,291 (1.1%)3,110 (0.7%)2,844 (0.6%)22,102 (4.7%)
Congregations31 (8.2%)24 (6.3%)16 (4.2%)7 (1.9%)118 (31.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Essex County - Lynn, Lawrence, Haverhill, Peabody, Methuen

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 145
This county:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Essex County:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 144
Essex County:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 95
This county:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 557
Essex County:

7.60 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.4%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

23.7%
Massachusetts:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Essex County:

20.7%
State:

16.5%


Agriculture in Essex County:

Average size of farms: 70 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $61,173
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2254.56
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 61.25%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 17.97%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $66,010
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 31.96%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.29%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $51,248
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.50%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.42
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 26.35%
Vegetables: 1,134 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 366 acres

Tornado activity:

Essex County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Massachusetts state average. It is 1.1 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/21/1962, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Essex County-area historical earthquake activity is above Massachusetts state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 67.7 miles away from the county center
On 7/22/2003 at 11:41:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 49.1 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) earthquake occurred 69.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/6/1992 at 15:38:04, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 56.7 miles away from Essex County center
On 1/10/1999 at 10:52:16, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 1.2 mi) earthquake occurred 14.2 miles away from the county center
On 10/2/1994 at 14:36:36, a magnitude 3.3 (3.1 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 66.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Essex County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 9, Hurricanes: 4, Floods: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Water Main Break: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries in 2009 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Health care (21%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
Most common occupations in 2009 (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Computer specialists (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

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




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





Essex County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 270,604 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 32,332 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4,922 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 233 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 3,228 (1%)
  • Railroad: 7,113 (2%)
  • Ferryboat: 5 (0%)
  • Taxi: 1,319 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 57 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 583 (0%)
  • Walked: 9,654 (3%)
  • Other means: 2,298 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 11,283 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $70,465.

5.06% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($54,508 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.06%
Massachusetts average:

6.31%


0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($565 average AGI)
Essex County:

0.09%
Massachusetts average:

0.28%

3.00% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($34,838 average AGI)
1.97% relocated from other states ($19,104 average AGI)
Essex County:

1.97%
Massachusetts average:

2.46%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Middlesex County, MA  1.65% ($62,439 average AGI)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.90% ($54,644)
from Rockingham County, NH  0.35% ($42,167)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.16% ($63,376)
from Hillsborough County, NH  0.11% ($46,798)
from Worcester County, MA  0.09% ($46,321)
from New York County, NY  0.06% ($52,386)


5.73% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($52,620 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
Massachusetts average:

6.91%


0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($831 average AGI)
Essex County:

0.08%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

2.32% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($20,009 average AGI)
3.34% relocated to other states ($31,779 average AGI)
Essex County:

3.34%
Massachusetts average:

3.26%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Middlesex County, MA  1.26% ($47,527 average AGI)
to Rockingham County, NH  0.72% ($57,207)
to Suffolk County, MA  0.57% ($50,542)
to Hillsborough County, NH  0.19% ($51,443)
to Worcester County, MA  0.13% ($47,659)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.13% ($65,883)
to Plymouth County, MA  0.07% ($67,125)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.8

Births per 1000 population in Essex County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Essex County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Essex County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 111,346 (95,172 aged, 16,174 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.81
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9645.540
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 192.020
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 40464.07

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1249.080
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 879.320
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19.91

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 61.82
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 99.96

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 18.42
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 4158.790

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 22.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 8.2
  • Cut/Pierce - 6.3
  • Other - 7.6

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 72.8. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 27.8
  • Firearm - 17.4
  • Poisoning - 16.6
  • Other - 11.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 726,687

Size of family households: 72,789 2-persons, 45,123 3-persons, 41,501 4-persons, 18,339 5-persons, 6,422 6-persons, 3,831 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 80,286 1-person, 15,066 2-persons, 1,654 3-persons, 633 4-persons, 201 5-persons, 57 6-persons, 54 7-or-more-persons.

80.6% of residents of Essex County speak English at home.
10.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
6.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
2.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (45% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,843,708,000 ($6555 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,004,284,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,617,804,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,049,141,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,793,000
Federal grants: $898,415,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,031,769,000 ($958,839,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $236,786,000 ($11,362,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $23,817,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $317,935,000
Federal Government insurance: $862,345,000

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

Births: 53,618
Here:

73 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 34,360
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +14,988
Here:

+20 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -18,537
Here -25 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Essex County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 74.13 millions of gallons per day (8% from ground, 92% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.0

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Essex County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 230
  • 2 rooms: 721
  • 3 rooms: 3,627
  • 4 rooms: 13,342
  • 5 rooms: 27,792
  • 6 rooms: 40,773
  • 7 rooms: 33,589
  • 8 rooms: 26,173
  • 9+ rooms: 28,775
  • 1 room: 3,946
  • 2 rooms: 11,318
  • 3 rooms: 23,191
  • 4 rooms: 24,933
  • 5 rooms: 20,493
  • 6 rooms: 10,384
  • 7 rooms: 3,485
  • 8 rooms: 1,519
  • 9+ rooms: 1,128
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Essex County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 321
  • 1 bedroom: 6,055
  • 2 bedrooms: 38,614
  • 3 bedrooms: 79,326
  • 4 bedrooms: 40,291
  • 5+ bedrooms: 10,415
  • no bedroom: 4,615
  • 1 bedroom: 36,021
  • 2 bedrooms: 37,247
  • 3 bedrooms: 18,756
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,085
  • 5+ bedrooms: 673
Cars and other vehicles available in Essex County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 6,102
  • 1 vehicle: 49,201
  • 2 vehicles: 87,493
  • 3 vehicles: 24,130
  • 4 vehicles: 6,143
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,953
  • no vehicle: 24,377
  • 1 vehicle: 49,964
  • 2 vehicles: 22,199
  • 3 vehicles: 3,015
  • 4 vehicles: 522
  • 5+ vehicles: 320

60% of Essex County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 66% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in Massachusetts.

Essex County:

60.4%
State average:

60.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $207,400


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 Essex County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (46.4%)
  • Utility gas (44.8%)
  • Electricity (6.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.6%)
  • Wood (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (52.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (25.2%)
  • Electricity (17.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 9,580
Here:

11.1%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5,764
Here:

14.0%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 11,504
Here:

34.8%
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 (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Essex County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Essex County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)



Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 156 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 ORIGINATED2,495$240,4234,559$239,60421,862$265,3191,126$156,06883$1,319,7831,190$242,10322$53,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED163$214,810326$255,4661,487$274,215140$80,4369$679,55690$207,3445$51,800
APPLICATIONS DENIED528$205,061811$201,6524,949$279,098471$119,34016$357,250421$209,97922$76,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN339$225,593593$248,5993,428$269,632123$204,0984$521,250197$234,6092$69,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS82$199,171130$242,7151,000$272,23528$186,5001$252,00054$217,9812$47,500
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 145 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED525$274,800405$303,7317$233,571
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED222$270,622189$288,0264$175,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED161$250,286149$295,7527$256,714
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN53$252,75535$266,8570$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS13$251,07714$296,0712$161,000
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value


Most common first names in Essex County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary8,47281.6 years
John7,48974.7 years
Joseph4,93075.4 years
William4,75275.0 years
James3,47073.9 years
George3,40075.5 years
Helen3,35481.4 years
Robert3,22270.2 years
Margaret3,11781.2 years
Charles3,01775.8 years
Most common last names in Essex County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,35678.1 years
Brown94677.7 years
Murphy93177.2 years
Sullivan81578.2 years
Johnson78277.9 years
Mccarthy53977.0 years
White53077.1 years
Anderson50677.3 years
Martin50675.7 years
Obrien50476.6 years
Businesses in Essex County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven21JCPenney1
ALDO2JoS. A. Bank2
AT&T9Jones New York12
Abercrombie & Fitch1Journeys2
Abercrombie Kids1KFC6
Ace Hardware7Kmart2
Aeropostale2Knights Inn1
American Eagle Outfitters3Kohl's3
Ann Taylor3LA Fitness1
Apple Store1La Quinta1
Applebee's3La-Z-Boy1
Ashley Furniture3Lane Bryant1
AutoZone5Lane Furniture1
Avenue2LensCrafters2
BMW2Little Caesars Pizza4
Bakers1Lowe's3
Banana Republic1Macy's2
Bath & Body Works4Marriott8
Bebe1Marshalls8
Bed Bath & Beyond2MasterBrand Cabinets63
Ben & Jerry's2McDonald's29
Best Western1Men's Wearhouse5
Blockbuster7Motel 61
Brooks Brothers1Motherhood Maternity4
Brookstone1New Balance12
Budget Car Rental3New York & Co2
Burger King15Nike8
CVS36Nordstrom2
Cache1Old Navy3
Casual Male XL1Olive Garden2
Catherines1Outback2
Charlotte Russe1Outback Steakhouse2
Chick-Fil-A1Pac Sun2
Chico's2Panera Bread5
Chipotle3Payless9
Clarks1Penske8
ColorTyme2PetSmart3
Comfort Inn1Pier 1 Imports2
Comfort Suites1Pizza Hut2
Costco1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Curves4Quiznos1
DHL6RadioShack13
Dairy Queen5Red Roof Inn1
Days Hotel1Rite Aid17
Days Inn1Rue211
Deb2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Decora Cabinetry12SONIC Drive-In1
Dennys2Sears6
Domino's Pizza5Sephora1
DressBarn1Shaw's8
Dunkin Donuts129Spencer Gifts2
Express1Sprint Nextel11
Extended Stay America1Staples6
Famous Footwear3Starbucks16
Fashion Bug3Subway19
FedEx105T-Mobile22
Finish Line2T.G.I. Driday's2
Firestone Complete Auto Care2T.J.Maxx6
Foot Locker2Taco Bell7
Forever 212Talbots3
GNC15Target5
GameStop13The Cheesecake Factory1
Gap4The Room Place1
Goodwill2Toys"R"Us4
Gymboree2Trader Joe's2
H&M2True Value12
H&R Block20U-Haul21
Haagen-Dazs1UPS110
Holiday Inn5Verizon Wireless8
Hollister Co.2Victoria's Secret3
Home Depot5Walgreens19
Homestead Studio Suites1Walmart4
Hot Topic1Wendy's12
IHOP2Wet Seal3
J. Jill2Whole Foods Market2
J.Crew1YMCA19
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