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Total population: 5,700 (All urban)

Houses: 2,814 (2,463 occupied: 1,097 owner occupied, 1,370 renter occupied)

% of renters here:

56%
State:

38%

Housing density: 1,323 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2016 in this county: $153,273.

Median contract rent in 2016: $466 (lower quartile is $353, upper quartile is $541)


Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2016: $488


Median gross rent in Spencer, MA in 2016: $542

Housing units in Spencer with a mortgage: 756 (5 second mortgage, 110 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 342

Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $98,940

Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $58,468

Median monthly housing costs: $900


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Spencer, Massachusetts Age and Sex of Residents
Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $214,614 (it was $121,600 in 2000)
Spencer:

$214,614
Massachusetts:

$366,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $153,299 - $274,777

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $226,697
Here:

$226,697
State:

$451,214

In 2-unit structures: $260,684
Here:

$260,684
State:

$444,053

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $253,035
Here:

$253,035
State:

$427,048
Median year house/condo built: 1955

Median year apartment built: 1943

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,832
  • In family households: 4,574 (564 male householders, 837 female householders)
    930 spouses, 1,590 children (1,483 natural, 0 adopted, 93 stepchildren), 34 grandchildren, 134 brothers or sisters, 223 parents, 139 other relatives, 142 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 1,245 (549 male householders (497 living alone)), 547 female householders (499 living alone)), 151 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 12

Size of family households: 705 2-persons, 314 3-persons, 100 4-persons, 200 5-persons, 74 6-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 994 1-person, 91 2-persons, 19 3-persons.

566 married couples with children.
434 single-parent households (58 men, 376 women).

89.3% of residents of Spencer speak English at home.
6.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (21% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 30% speak English not well, 25% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 21% speak English not well).
4.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 23% speak English not well).

Foreign born population: 464 (8.0%)
(56.9% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:

Here:

6.5
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:

Here:

3.7
State:

4.1

Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Spencer, Massachusetts:

  • 0no bedroom
  • 281 bedroom
  • 2862 bedrooms
  • 5303 bedrooms
  • 1714 bedrooms
  • 855+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Spencer, Massachusetts:

  • 34no bedroom
  • 6591 bedroom
  • 4562 bedrooms
  • 1653 bedrooms
  • 634 bedrooms
  • 175+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Cars and other vehicles available in Spencer in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • 40no vehicle
  • 2631 vehicle
  • 4482 vehicles
  • 2533 vehicles
  • 364 vehicles
  • 565+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population

Cars and other vehicles available in Spencer in renter-occupied apartments

  • 367no vehicle
  • 7691 vehicle
  • 1852 vehicles
  • 363 vehicles
  • 214 vehicles
  • 55+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Spencer, Massachusetts:

  • 01 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 143 rooms
  • 1044 rooms
  • 2345 rooms
  • 2046 rooms
  • 2577 rooms
  • 1698 rooms
  • 1179+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Spencer, Massachusetts:

  • 341 room
  • 3762 rooms
  • 3103 rooms
  • 3644 rooms
  • 1865 rooms
  • 1176 rooms
  • 237 rooms
  • 148 rooms
  • 149+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population

Year house built

Median 2016 house/condo value by year built ($)

Median house/condo value by year householder moved into unit ($)

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

Owners and renters by unit type in %

  • Spencer, MA household income distribution

  • Spencer, MA household income distribution
  • 236Less than $10,000
  • 148$10,000 to $14,999
  • 224$15,000 to $19,999
  • 227$20,000 to $24,999
  • 72$25,000 to $29,999
  • 100$30,000 to $34,999
  • 92$35,000 to $39,999
  • 62$40,000 to $44,999
  • 72$45,000 to $49,999
  • 148$50,000 to $59,999
  • 290$60,000 to $74,999
  • 288$75,000 to $99,999
  • 277$100,000 to $124,999
  • 90$125,000 to $149,999
  • 30$150,000 to $199,999
  • 31$200,000 or more
  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Spencer, MA

  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Spencer, MA
  • 11Less than $10,000
  • 16$20,000 to $24,999
  • 41$80,000 to $89,999
  • 11$90,000 to $99,999
  • 33$100,000 to $124,999
  • 158$125,000 to $149,999
  • 116$150,000 to $174,999
  • 85$175,000 to $199,999
  • 246$200,000 to $249,999
  • 167$250,000 to $299,999
  • 96$300,000 to $399,999
  • 50$400,000 to $499,999
  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Spencer, MA

  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Spencer, MA
  • 65$250 to $299
  • 45$300 to $349
  • 42$350 to $399
  • 122$400 to $449
  • 37$450 to $499
  • 37$500 to $549
  • 176$550 to $599
  • 117$600 to $649
  • 90$650 to $699
  • 80$700 to $749
  • 45$750 to $799
  • 76$800 to $899
  • 110$900 to $999
  • 42$1,000 to $1,249
  • 117$1,250 to $1,499
  • 20$1,500 to $1,999
  • 71No cash rent

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 3232010 or later
  • 02000 to 2009
  • 1391990 to 1999
  • 241980 to 1989
  • 91970 to 1979
  • 65Before 1970
Note: State values scaled to Spencer population
Spencer commuting: travel time to work

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 66
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 438
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 186
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 269
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 160
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 73
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 732
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 89
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 257
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 256
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 179
  • 90 or more minutes: 96
Spencer, MA Time Leaving Home for Work

Percentage of workers working in this county: 87.3%
Number of people working at home: 133 (4.5% of all workers)

Spencer mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work

  • Drove a car alone: 1,400 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 114 (6%)
  • Walked: 246 (13%)
  • Worked at home: 133 (7%)

First ancestries reported:

 American: 711
 French (except Basque): 569
 French Canadian: 236
 English: 160
 Irish: 112
 Swedish: 93
 German: 86
 Polish: 81
 Italian: 64
 European: 30
 West Indian: 29
 Portuguese: 14

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

  • 41%El Salvador
  • 39%Vietnam
  • 17%Dominican Republic
  • 6%United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland
  • 3%France
  • 3%Germany
  • 0%Ireland

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

  • This state: 4,597
  • Other state: 638
  • Northeast: 438
  • Midwest: 53
  • South: 87
  • West: 55

86% of Spencer residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 36% lived in Massachusetts.

Spencer:

86.2%
State average:

87.0%

Education attainment for males 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 87
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 42
  • 5th and 6th grade: 39
  • 7th and 8th grade: 15
  • 9th grade: 29
  • 10th grade: 61
  • 11th grade: 167
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 56
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 813
  • Less than 1 year of college: 90
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 401
  • Associate degree: 174
  • Bachelor's degree: 194
  • Master's degree: 35
  • Professional school degree: 18
  • Doctorate degree: 0

Educational Attainment for Males (%)

Education attainment for females 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 23
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 0
  • 5th and 6th grade: 0
  • 7th and 8th grade: 24
  • 9th grade: 20
  • 10th grade: 62
  • 11th grade: 59
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 54
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 960
  • Less than 1 year of college: 82
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 296
  • Associate degree: 139
  • Bachelor's degree: 251
  • Master's degree: 81
  • Professional school degree: 0
  • Doctorate degree: 17

Educational Attainment for Females (%)

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

  • Unemployment by race in 2016
  • Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic residents
  • 9.1%Males
  • Unemployment rate for two or more race residents
  • 31.9%Males
  • Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino residents
  • 6.1%Males
Spencer marital status for males
Spencer marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 1,127
  • One, attached: 33
  • Two: 351
  • 3 or 4: 774
  • 5 to 9: 277
  • 10 to 19: 55
  • 20 to 49: 118
  • 50 or more: 43
  • Mobile homes: 18

Median worth of mobile homes: $195,366

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities in 2016: 4.5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities in 2016: 5.6%

House/condo owner moved in on average 18 years ago

Renter moved in on average 3 years ago

Year Householders Moved Into Residence in Spencer:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Spencer
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (41.5%)
  • Utility gas (31.7%)
  • Electricity (13.2%)
  • Other fuel (5.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.1%)
  • Wood (3.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (49.9%)
  • Electricity (29.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 20
Here:

5.5%
Massachusetts:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Massachusetts:

10.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14
Here:

13.5%
Massachusetts:

46.8%

School Enrollment by Level of School for Male Students (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School for Female Students (%)

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)