Essex County, Massachusetts (MA)

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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. 2013 cost of living index in Essex County: 134.7 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (26.5%), Educational, health and social services (17.3%), Construction (13.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 55%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 39%
  • Unpaid family work: 4%
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Races in Essex County, Massachusetts:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (76.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (16.5%)
  • Asian alone (3.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years
Males: 356,615  (46.6%)
Females: 386,544  (53.4%)

Essex County,MA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Essex County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $67,522 ($51,576 in 1999)

This county:

$67522
Massachusetts:

$66768

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $930 (lower quartile is $649, upper quartile is $1,197)
This county:

$930
State:

$958


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $346,600 (it was $206,800 in 2000)
Essex:

$346,600
Massachusetts:

$327,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $251,600 - $481,300

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $436,926
Here:

$436,926
State:

$401,982

Townhouses or other attached units: $289,224
Here:

$289,224
State:

$361,981

In 2-unit structures: $296,633
Here:

$296,633
State:

$330,410

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $317,900
Here:

$317,900
State:

$354,453

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $191,779
Here:

$191,779
State:

$330,502

Mobile homes: $132,803
Here:

$132,803
State:

$78,438
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,086
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $733

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:

  • 2007: 684 buildings, average cost: $277,700
  • 2008: 458 buildings, average cost: $288,300
  • 2009: 389 buildings, average cost: $298,500

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $4,326 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $4,398 (1.3%)

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 2013: 11.5%
(7.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.5% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.7% for American Indian residents, 20.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 28.1% for other race residents, 22.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.5%
Essex County:

11.5%
Massachusetts:

11.9%
(7.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.5% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.2% for American Indian residents, 20.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 28.1% for other race residents, 24.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 34 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, Gloucester, North Andover, Saugus.

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.

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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), Ingaldsby Farm (M), Long Hill Orchard (N), Russell Orchards (O), Smolak Farm (P), Artichoke Dairy (Q), Ipswich Light (R), Candlewood Golf Club (S), Cape Ann 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), Cutler Pond (G), Coy Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mosquito Brook (A), Lucy Brook (B), Mill Brook (C), Bachelder Brook (D), Essex River (E), Town Creek (F), Ipswich River (G), Penn Brook (H), Flint Brook (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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.9%
Massachusetts:

5.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 17,681
  • 1990 to 1994: 14,261
  • 1985 to 1989: 13,582
  • 1980 to 1984: 9,773
  • 1975 to 1979: 5,730
  • 1970 to 1974: 5,617
  • 1970 to 1974: 5,035
  • 1965 to 1969: 10,360

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Essex County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic341,97055
Mainline Protestant33,710140
Evangelical Protestant20,925160
Other15,88263
Orthodox11,59013
Black Protestant3763
None318,706-
Essex 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: 145
Essex County:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 144
This county:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 95
Essex County:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 557
This county:

7.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Essex County:

8.4%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Essex County:

23.7%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Massachusetts state average. It is 6837901.5 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 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 192.6 miles away from Essex 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 67.7 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 188.0 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 246.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi) earthquake occurred 184.6 miles away from Essex 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
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:


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: Floods: 12, Storms: 10, Hurricanes: 4, Snows: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Water Main Break: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Dominican Republic (32%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Portugal (4%)
  • Italy (4%)
  • Cambodia (3%)
  • Vietnam (3%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)

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

  • Irish (18%)
  • Italian (15%)
  • English (10%)
  • French (except Basque) (6%)
  • French Canadian (5%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • Polish (3%)

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:

  • 6,883 people in nursing homes
  • 5,493 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,574 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 744 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 457 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 375 people in religious group quarters
  • 318 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 268 people in other group homes
  • 158 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 140 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 125 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 121 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 88 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 35 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 30 people in institutions for the deaf
  • 27 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 25 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 14 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 8 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 8 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 6 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

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

  • 6,140 people in college/university student housing
  • 4,910 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,411 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,102 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 926 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 617 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 481 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 437 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 169 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 113 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 108 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 23 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 20 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 12 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 3 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $74,677.

4.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($53,907 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.48%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%


0.12% of residents moved from foreign countries ($954 average AGI)
Essex County:

0.12%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

2.35% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($30,894 average AGI)
2.02% relocated from other states ($22,059 average AGI)
Essex County:

2.02%
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 Middlesex County, MA  1.31% ($62,521 average AGI)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.63% ($57,017)
from Rockingham County, NH  0.32% ($44,575)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.13% ($62,981)
from Hillsborough County, NH  0.10% ($40,608)
from Worcester County, MA  0.09% ($44,745)
from Plymouth County, MA  0.05% ($62,287)


4.62% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($50,422 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.62%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%


0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($558 average AGI)
Essex County:

0.10%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

2.11% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($23,875 average AGI)
2.41% relocated to other states ($25,988 average AGI)
Essex County:

2.41%
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 Middlesex County, MA  1.15% ($52,127 average AGI)
to Suffolk County, MA  0.56% ($50,288)
to Rockingham County, NH  0.40% ($53,749)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.12% ($74,346)
to Hillsborough County, NH  0.11% ($46,689)
to Worcester County, MA  0.10% ($48,285)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.06% ($13,108)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.6

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 from 2007 to 2013: 8.3

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 from 2007 to 2012: 4.5

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.

125,244 married couples with children.
42,832 single-parent households (7,363 men, 35,469 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 2,287
  • 2000 to 2004: 20,441
  • 1990 to 1999: 22,278
  • 1980 to 1989: 33,886
  • 1970 to 1979: 28,444
  • 1960 to 1969: 30,255
  • 1950 to 1959: 32,970
  • 1940 to 1949: 18,055
  • 1939 or earlier: 118,237
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Essex County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Essex County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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
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

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 Kids1Justice3
Ace Hardware7KFC6
Advance Auto Parts5Kmart2
Aeropostale2Knights Inn1
American Eagle Outfitters3Kohl's3
Ann Taylor3LA Fitness1
Apple Store1La Quinta1
Applebee's3La-Z-Boy1
Ashley Furniture3Lane Bryant1
Audi1Lane Furniture1
AutoZone5LensCrafters2
Avenue2Little Caesars Pizza4
BMW1Lowe's3
Bakers1Macy's2
Banana Republic1Marriott8
Barnes & Noble2Marshalls8
Bath & Body Works4MasterBrand Cabinets63
Bebe1Mazda1
Bed Bath & Beyond2McDonald's29
Ben & Jerry's2Men's Wearhouse5
Best Western1Motel 61
Blockbuster7Motherhood Maternity4
Brooks Brothers1New Balance12
Brookstone1New York & Co2
Budget Car Rental3Nike8
Burger King15Nissan3
CVS36Nordstrom2
Cache1Old Navy3
Casual Male XL1Olive Garden2
Catherines1Outback2
Charlotte Russe1Outback Steakhouse2
Chevrolet7Pac Sun2
Chick-Fil-A1Panera Bread5
Chico's2Payless9
Chipotle3Penske8
Circle K7PetSmart3
Clarks1Pier 1 Imports2
ColorTyme2Pizza Hut2
Comfort Inn1Pottery Barn1
Comfort Suites1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Costco1Quiznos1
Curves4RadioShack13
DHL6Red Roof Inn1
Dairy Queen5Rite Aid17
Days Hotel1Rue211
Days Inn1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Deb2SONIC Drive-In1
Decora Cabinetry12Sears6
Dennys2Sephora1
Domino's Pizza5Shaw's8
DressBarn1Skechers USA2
Dressbarn1Spencer Gifts2
Dunkin Donuts129Sprint Nextel11
Express1Staples6
Extended Stay America1Starbucks16
Famous Footwear3Stop & Shop12
Fashion Bug3Subaru1
FedEx105Subway19
Finish Line2T-Mobile22
Firestone Complete Auto Care2T.G.I. Driday's2
Foot Locker2T.J.Maxx6
Ford6Taco Bell7
Forever 212Talbots3
GNC15Target5
GameStop13The Cheesecake Factory1
Gap4The Room Place1
Goodwill2Toyota3
Gymboree2Toys"R"Us4
H&M2Trader Joe's2
H&R Block20True Value12
Haagen-Dazs1U-Haul21
Hilton2UPS110
Holiday Inn5Verizon Wireless8
Hollister Co.2Victoria's Secret3
Home Depot5Volkswagen2
Homestead Studio Suites1Walgreens19
Honda3Walmart4
Hot Topic1Wendy's12
Hyundai2Wet Seal3
IHOP2Whole Foods Market2
J. Jill2YMCA19
J.Crew1

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