Data Stories
Telling powerful stories with numbers
Essex County: Hit Hard by the Opioid Crisis

A national epidemic hits home.

Just about every community in Massachusetts and across the nation has been touched by the upsurge in opioid addiction and the consequences of that trend – but Essex County has been particularly hard-hit. 

Lack of Transportation Impedes Opportunity

How is limited public transportation in Essex County affecting our communities?

Essex County isn’t the easiest place to get around, especially if you don’t have a car. Public transportation is limited, with the central part of the county not served at all. While congested roads and busy rush hours can be a troubling inconvenience for many, the lack of reliable transportation can have an even bigger impact on the lives of low-income people, who may not be able to access jobs or the education they need to enter the workforce.

Affordable Housing: Out of Reach for Many

How the high cost of living impacts housing options.

If you own a home in Essex County, times have probably been good. Since 2000, the median home value has increased 29% to $409,900. If you don’t own a home, it may seem far out of reach. Essex is quite an unaffordable place to live – by both measures that are commonly used. For homeowners, affordability is assessed using a ratio of median home value to median income. Essex County’s ratio is 5.2, when the 2-3 range is considered affordable. For renters, rent is considered affordable if it takes up no more than 30% of income. In Essex County, renters are spending about 38% of their income on rent.

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