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Middlesex County, Massachusetts (MA)

County population in 2014: 1,570,315 (97% urban, 3% rural); it was 1,465,396 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 268,147
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 92,942
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 346,591
Renter-occupied apartments: 219,599 (it was 214,629 in 2000)
% of renters here:

38%
State:

38%

Land area: 823 sq. mi.

Water area: 24.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 1907 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Middlesex County: 135.9 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (37.9%), Educational, health and social services (17.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Middlesex County, Massachusetts:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (76.5%)
  • Asian alone (9.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.0%)
  • Some other race alone (1.1%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years
Males: 763,554  (48.6%)
Females: 806,761  (51.4%)
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Middlesex County,MA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Middlesex County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $82,425 ($60,821 in 1999)

This county:

$82425
Massachusetts:

$66768

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $1,199 (lower quartile is $856, upper quartile is $1,640)
This county:

$1199
State:

$958


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $404,600 (it was $244,400 in 2000)
Middlesex:

$404,600
Massachusetts:

$327,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $296,800 - $604,500

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $517,347
Here:

$517,347
State:

$401,982

Townhouses or other attached units: $408,619
Here:

$408,619
State:

$361,981

In 2-unit structures: $419,187
Here:

$419,187
State:

$330,410

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $460,645
Here:

$460,645
State:

$354,453

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $286,073
Here:

$286,073
State:

$330,502

Mobile homes: $56,700
Here:

$56,700
State:

$78,438
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,291
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $797

Institutionalized population: 13,773
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Health of residents in Middlesex 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 3.7. This is better than average.
76.1% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
45.8% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
79.7% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
77.5% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 191 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 156 pounds. This is about average.
6.4% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2330 buildings, average cost: $191,800
  • 2001: 1865 buildings, average cost: $203,800
  • 2002: 1845 buildings, average cost: $198,000
  • 2003: 1913 buildings, average cost: $213,700
  • 2004: 2207 buildings, average cost: $210,600
  • 2005: 2450 buildings, average cost: $222,600
  • 2006: 1948 buildings, average cost: $209,800
  • 2007: 1639 buildings, average cost: $242,600
  • 2008: 1139 buildings, average cost: $252,500
  • 2009: 1089 buildings, average cost: $250,800
  • 2010: 1336 buildings, average cost: $249,800
  • 2011: 1186 buildings, average cost: $318,000
  • 2012: 1416 buildings, average cost: $291,100
  • 2013: 1558 buildings, average cost: $293,500
  • 2014: 1610 buildings, average cost: $294,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $4,941 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $4,837 (1.2%)

Middlesex County household income distribution in 2009 Middlesex County home values distribution Middlesex County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.7%
(6.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.2% for Black residents, 24.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 10.4% for American Indian residents, 32.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.0% for other race residents, 14.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.7%
Middlesex County:

8.7%
Massachusetts:

11.9%
(6.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.2% for Black residents, 24.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 10.5% for American Indian residents, 32.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.0% for other race residents, 14.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 33 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Area name: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Middlesex 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: Lowell, Cambridge, Newton, Somerville, Framingham, Waltham, Malden, Medford, Arlington, Billerica.

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

2012 air pollution in Middlesex County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 12.9 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Middlesex County: Central Wharf (A), Auburn Industrial Park (B), Blissful Meadows Golf Course (C), Boy Scouts of America Camp Watalin Camping Area (D), Brookfield Orchards and Touring Center (E), Ellinwood Country Club (F), Freeman Farm (G), Gardner Sewage Disposal Plant (H), Hemlock Ridge Golf Course (I), Hillcrest Country Club (J), Hills Farm Industrial Park (K), Holden Hills Country Club (L), Hopedale Country Club (M), Lakeside Campground (N), Maplewood Golf Course (O), Massachusetts Microelectronic Center (P), Mendon Industrial Park (Q), Nichols Golf Course (R), Norco Sportsmens Club (S), Otter River Sportsmens Club (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Allouette Plaza Shopping Center (1), Auburn Mall Shopping Center (2), Auburn Plaza Shopping Center (3), Dudley Plaza Shopping Center (4), Factory Town USA Shopping Center (5), Federal Plaza Shopping Center (6), Heritage Mall Shopping Center (7), Olde Shrewsbury Village Shopping Center (8), Shrewsbury Crossing Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Middlesex County include: Saint Joseph Church (A), Trinity Church (B), Church in the Wildewood (C), Saint Francis Xavier Church (D), Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (E), Church of God (F), Saint Michaels Church (G), Friends Church (H), Convent of the Cenacle (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: South Cemetery (1), Hillcrest Cemetery (2), North Village Cemetery (3), New Sherborn Cemetery (4), West Cemetery (5), Ellinwood Cemetery (6), Eastwood Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Cranberry Pond (A), Dead Pond (B), Hecla Pond (C), Little Pond (D), Mansfield Pond (E), Nipmack Pond (F), Pout Pond (G), Reilly Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Fever Brook (A), Barefoot Brook (B), Cooledge Brook (C), French Brook (D), Goodridge Brook (E), Howard Brook (F), McGovern Brook (G), Malagasco Brook (H), Road Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Middlesex County include: Wells State Park (1), Crow Hill State Reservation (2), Wachusett Mountain State Reservation (3), Hubbardston Wildlife Management Area (4), Minns Wildlife Sanctuary (5), Sudbury Dam Historic District (6), Central Woolen Mills District (7), Boyce Street Park (8), Birch Hill State Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Point Rok Beach (A), Sterling Town Beach (B), Harvard Town Beach (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Hartford County, Connecticut , Franklin County , Hampden County , Windham County, Connecticut , Chenango County, New York , Norfolk County , Clinton County, Iowa , Iowa County, Wisconsin , Madison County, New York , Grundy County, Iowa .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.7%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 121,081
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 43.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 223,465 (41% naturalized citizens)

Middlesex County:

15.2%
Whole state:

12.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 63,226
  • 1990 to 1994: 35,093
  • 1985 to 1989: 32,911
  • 1980 to 1984: 25,035
  • 1975 to 1979: 14,529
  • 1970 to 1974: 12,521
  • 1970 to 1974: 11,791
  • 1965 to 1969: 28,359

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 68.7%

Middlesex County marital status for males Middlesex County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 282,013
  • One, attached: 25,690
  • Two: 88,579
  • 3 or 4: 54,636
  • 5 to 9: 29,425
  • 10 to 19: 28,727
  • 20 or more: 65,095
  • Mobile homes: 2,443
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 73

Housing units in Middlesex County with a mortgage: 195,334 (14,602 second mortgage, 30,824 home equity loan, 617 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 73,208

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Middlesex County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic718,209107
Mainline Protestant70,053269
Other68,480199
Evangelical Protestant41,270304
Orthodox23,64128
Black Protestant2,2768
None579,156-
Middlesex 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: 251
Middlesex County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.03 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 314
This county:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 203
Middlesex County:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1,153
This county:

7.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Middlesex County:

7.8%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Middlesex County:

21.5%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

18.0%
State:

16.5%

Agriculture in Middlesex County:

Average size of farms: 57 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $113,844
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $4714.43
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 71.89%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 16.27%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $98,369
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 35.30%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.98%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $43,038
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 79.62%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.53
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 29.43%
Vegetables: 1,792 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 894 acres

Tornado activity:

Middlesex County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Massachusetts state average. It is 1526145.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 93 fatalities and 1269 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/9/1953, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Middlesex County-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 89% 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 185.9 miles away from Middlesex 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 73.8 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 186.3 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 237.3 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 51.7 miles away from Middlesex County center
On 7/22/2003 at 11:41:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 67.3 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:

  • MassachusettsSevere Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 11, 2011 to January 12, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1959): March 7, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1959, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • MassachusettsHurricane Earl, Incident Period: September 1, 2010 to September 4, 2010, Emergency Declared (EM-3315): September 2, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3315, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MassachusettsWater Main Break, Incident Period: May 1, 2010 to May 5, 2010, Emergency Declared (EM-3312): May 3, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3312, Natural disaster type: Water Main Break
  • MassachusettsSevere Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1895): March 29, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1895, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MassachusettsSevere Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3296): December 13, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3296, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MassachusettsSevere Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1813): January 5, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1813, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • MassachusettsSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 12, 2006 to May 23, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1642): May 25, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1642, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MassachusettsSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 7, 2005 to October 16, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1614): November 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1614, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • MassachusettsHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3252): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3252, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MassachusettsSnow, Incident Period: January 22, 2005 to January 23, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3201): February 17, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3201, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • 14 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Middlesex County (24) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Hurricanes: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 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
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

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

  • Brazil (9%)
  • India (7%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Portugal (5%)
  • Italy (5%)
  • Haiti (4%)

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

  • Irish (20%)
  • Italian (16%)
  • English (8%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • German (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (4%)
  • French Canadian (4%)

Middlesex County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 550,450 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 62,437 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 25,096 (3%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2,082 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 37,657 (5%)
  • Railroad: 12,496 (2%)
  • Ferryboat: 62 (0%)
  • Taxi: 1,216 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 446 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5,166 (1%)
  • Walked: 34,976 (5%)
  • Other means: 3,825 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 27,727 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


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

  • 30,361 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 11,018 people in nursing homes
  • 3,202 people in state prisons
  • 1,568 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 1,092 people in religious group quarters
  • 973 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 811 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 757 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 568 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 496 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 493 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 416 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 310 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 272 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 227 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 212 people in other group homes
  • 163 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 129 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 120 people in institutions for the blind
  • 36 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 33 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 21 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 20 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 16 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 15 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 15 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 14 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 14 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 8 people in military disciplinary barracks
  • 3 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 3 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere

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

  • 36,147 people in college/university student housing
  • 8,123 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 3,611 people in state prisons
  • 1,663 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 1,477 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 822 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 798 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 755 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 640 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 313 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 253 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 233 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 173 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 135 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 119 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 84 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 46 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 20 people in correctional residential facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $89,758.

6.30% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($59,805 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.30%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%


0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($940 average AGI)
Middlesex County:

0.08%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

3.27% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($30,962 average AGI)
2.95% relocated from other states ($27,903 average AGI)
Middlesex County:

2.95%
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 Suffolk County, MA  1.36% ($60,625 average AGI)
from Essex County, MA  0.56% ($52,127)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.55% ($79,480)
from Worcester County, MA  0.46% ($52,341)
from Hillsborough County, NH  0.17% ($49,301)
from Plymouth County, MA  0.09% ($49,407)
from New York County, NY  0.09% ($77,692)


6.42% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($63,821 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.42%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%


0.19% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,531 average AGI)
Middlesex County:

0.19%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

3.16% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($30,571 average AGI)
3.07% relocated to other states ($31,719 average AGI)
Middlesex County:

3.07%
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 Suffolk County, MA  1.21% ($55,257 average AGI)
to Essex County, MA  0.64% ($62,521)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.50% ($78,357)
to Worcester County, MA  0.49% ($60,516)
to Hillsborough County, NH  0.20% ($57,857)
to New York County, NY  0.15% ($58,728)
to Rockingham County, NH  0.10% ($67,467)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Middlesex County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Middlesex County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 3.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Middlesex County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 1.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Middlesex County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Middlesex County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 209,655 (180,120 aged, 29,535 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 14,076 (4%)

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 Middlesex County, Massachusetts in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (11761)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (11311)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (9834)
  • Unspecified dementia (7949)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (5812)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (5198)
  • Congestive heart failure (4967)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (4913)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (4800)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (4039)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.82
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9588.440
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 174.790
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38116.3

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1219.520
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 757.570
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.31

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 72.19
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 98.01

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 18.51
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 2841.503

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 60.2. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 22.2
  • Poisoning - 15.2
  • Firearm - 13.1
  • Fall - 2.7
  • Other - 7.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,447,673
  • In family households: 1,161,600 (250,263 male householders, 116,393 female householders)
    287,332 spouses, 410,462 children (392,286 natural, 9,871 adopted, 8,305 stepchildren), 16,644 grandchildren, 14,569 brothers or sisters, 15,064 parents, 15,023 other relatives, 25,838 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 286,073 (95,244 male householders (67,197 living alone)), 118,788 female householders (94,319 living alone)), 72,041 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 55,412 (13,773 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 145,271 2-persons, 90,005 3-persons, 81,758 4-persons, 33,432 5-persons, 10,596 6-persons, 5,594 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 161,516 1-person, 39,976 2-persons, 7,902 3-persons, 3,250 4-persons, 961 5-persons, 252 6-persons, 175 7-or-more-persons.

252,928 married couples with children.
55,356 single-parent households (9,721 men, 45,635 women).

79.6% of residents of Middlesex County speak English at home.
4.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
10.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
4.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (54% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $13,924,030,000 ($9507 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,485,506,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $2,936,481,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $2,071,601,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $24,966,000
Federal grants: $2,767,626,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,160,820,000 ($3,945,633,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $962,536,000 ($362,493,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $129,245,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $336,710,000
Federal Government insurance: $567,039,000

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

Births: 97,126
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 60,099
Here:

41 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +53,762
Here:

+37 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -96,279
Here -66 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Middlesex County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 67.35 millions of gallons per day (63% from ground, 37% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 6,259
  • 2000 to 2004: 44,367
  • 1990 to 1999: 44,601
  • 1980 to 1989: 59,134
  • 1970 to 1979: 65,281
  • 1960 to 1969: 68,200
  • 1950 to 1959: 78,175
  • 1940 to 1949: 35,164
  • 1939 or earlier: 213,345
Rooms in houses/apartments in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 347
  • 2 rooms: 1,910
  • 3 rooms: 7,544
  • 4 rooms: 22,188
  • 5 rooms: 48,401
  • 6 rooms: 74,002
  • 7 rooms: 69,925
  • 8 rooms: 57,619
  • 9+ rooms: 64,655
  • 1 room: 10,232
  • 2 rooms: 24,514
  • 3 rooms: 46,829
  • 4 rooms: 53,617
  • 5 rooms: 45,141
  • 6 rooms: 20,447
  • 7 rooms: 7,768
  • 8 rooms: 3,248
  • 9+ rooms: 2,833
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 556
  • 1 bedroom: 11,671
  • 2 bedrooms: 67,658
  • 3 bedrooms: 150,856
  • 4 bedrooms: 89,657
  • 5+ bedrooms: 26,193
  • no bedroom: 12,259
  • 1 bedroom: 73,320
  • 2 bedrooms: 86,432
  • 3 bedrooms: 33,227
  • 4 bedrooms: 7,242
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,149
Cars and other vehicles available in Middlesex County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 14,217
  • 1 vehicle: 98,012
  • 2 vehicles: 170,661
  • 3 vehicles: 47,296
  • 4 vehicles: 12,531
  • 5+ vehicles: 3,874
  • no vehicle: 44,853
  • 1 vehicle: 106,256
  • 2 vehicles: 52,388
  • 3 vehicles: 8,408
  • 4 vehicles: 1,657
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,067

61% of Middlesex County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 58% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 42% lived in Massachusetts.

Middlesex County:

60.7%
State average:

60.6%

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

  • This state: 906869
  • Northeast: 180061
  • Midwest: 51541
  • South: 49929
  • West: 30889

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $259,800


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 Middlesex County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (49.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (43.4%)
  • Electricity (5.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (49.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.5%)
  • Electricity (20.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 16,543
Here:

11.0%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 9,183
Here:

13.0%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 46,819
Here:

57.6%
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:

  • Total number of recipients: 24,857
  • Number of aged recipients: 7,707
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 17,150
  • Number of recipients under 18: 2,043
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 14,528
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 8,286
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 9,226
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 12,129
Middlesex County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Middlesex 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 296 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 ORIGINATED3,044$280,04211,198$302,49749,046$291,6522,185$171,721144$1,924,0561,902$274,19527$102,333
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED185$253,076726$335,8953,028$309,596243$114,94211$3,261,727110$311,2649$49,333
APPLICATIONS DENIED571$262,6481,562$261,9789,245$313,489754$121,63520$1,464,450673$241,28723$49,652
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN463$268,3221,402$311,1376,969$297,569223$234,19712$2,186,417338$274,2042$83,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS76$261,500313$293,1952,303$293,166124$172,6851$167,00099$247,0401$38,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 291 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,523$303,5571,094$319,1513$194,667
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED453$297,770429$312,8397$176,857
APPLICATIONS DENIED279$303,538271$314,3363$242,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN97$285,918108$317,7131$151,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS30$316,40022$339,1360$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Middlesex County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary18,14281.3 years
John14,27774.5 years
Joseph8,70475.2 years
William8,46074.5 years
James6,71973.6 years
Margaret6,65181.4 years
Helen6,16580.8 years
George5,57675.6 years
Robert5,51169.4 years
Charles5,03875.4 years
Most common last names in Middlesex County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2,24977.7 years
Sullivan1,98877.0 years
Murphy1,89277.0 years
Johnson1,52778.0 years
Brown1,39877.9 years
Mccarthy1,07776.7 years
Obrien1,05677.2 years
White1,00278.0 years
Walsh95876.8 years
Anderson93478.2 years
Businesses in Middlesex County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven22Journeys4
ALDO9Justice4
AT&T22KFC10
Abercrombie & Fitch3Kincaid1
Abercrombie Kids3Kmart4
Ace Hardware14Kohl's5
Advance Auto Parts9LA Fitness1
Aeropostale5La Quinta1
American Eagle Outfitters6La-Z-Boy2
Ann Taylor10Lane Bryant3
Apple Store3Lane Furniture7
Applebee's5LensCrafters7
Arby's1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Ashley Furniture4Little Caesars Pizza2
Audi2Lowe's4
AutoZone13Macy's5
Avenue3Marriott18
BMW1Marshalls11
Bakers3MasterBrand Cabinets147
Bally Total Fitness2Mazda2
Banana Republic4McDonald's41
Barnes & Noble2Men's Wearhouse9
Baskin-Robbins2Motel 61
Bath & Body Works6Motherhood Maternity9
Bebe3New Balance23
Bed Bath & Beyond2New York & Co2
Ben & Jerry's2Nike16
Bentleymotors.Com1Nissan5
Best Western5Nordstrom3
Blockbuster8Office Depot2
Brooks Brothers1OfficeMax2
Brookstone4Old Country Buffet2
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards1Old Navy5
Budget Car Rental2Olive Garden3
Burger King21On The Border1
CVS60Outback3
Cache2Outback Steakhouse3
Casual Male XL4Pac Sun3
Catherines1Panda Express1
Charlotte Russe1Panera Bread10
Chevrolet6Papa John's Pizza2
Chick-Fil-A1Payless19
Chico's4Penske8
Chipotle6PetSmart3
Cinnabon 2Pier 1 Imports3
Circle K14Pizza Hut2
Clarks3Pottery Barn1
Cold Stone Creamery2Pottery Barn Kids3
Coldwater Creek3Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Comfort Inn2Quiznos10
Costco1RadioShack24
Cracker Barrel1Red Roof Inn2
Crate & Barrel2Rite Aid30
Curves10Ruby Tuesday1
DHL9Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing2
Dairy Queen4SONIC Drive-In1
Decora Cabinetry32Sears12
Domino's Pizza13Sephora4
DressBarn5Shaw's17
Dressbarn4Sheraton2
Dunkin Donuts211Skechers USA2
Econo Lodge2Soma Intimates1
Eddie Bauer1Spencer Gifts4
Express4Sprint Nextel10
Extended Stay America1Staples13
Extended Stay Deluxe2Starbucks40
Famous Footwear4Stop & Shop21
Fashion Bug5Subaru5
FedEx317Subway48
Finish Line4Super 81
Firestone Complete Auto Care3T-Mobile21
Foot Locker3T.G.I. Driday's2
Ford9T.J.Maxx12
Forever 214Taco Bell8
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Talbots7
GNC25Target6
GameStop21The Cheesecake Factory3
Gap5The Limited3
Goodwill4The Room Place1
Gymboree5Toyota4
H&M1Toys"R"Us8
H&R Block37Trader Joe's7
Hilton12Travelodge2
Holiday Inn13True Value20
Hollister Co.4U-Haul33
Home Depot6UPS291
Homestead Studio Suites3Urban Outfitters1
Honda6Verizon Wireless13
Hot Topic1Victoria's Secret5
Hyatt3Volkswagen4
Hyundai2Walgreens30
IHOP1Walmart5
J. Jill4Wendy's15
J.Crew3Westin1
JCPenney2Wet Seal4
JoS. A. Bank2Whole Foods Market9
Johnny Rockets1YMCA14
Jones New York15

Middlesex County on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"