Financial Self-Sufficiency
Median Household Income


Median Household Income

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What does this measure?

Median household income, in 2017 dollars. Half of incomes are below the median and half are above.

Why is this important?

Median household income is a gauge of the overall economic health of the region and the financial resources of households.

How is our county doing?

In 2013-17, the median household income in Essex County was $73,500, a 3% increase from $71,400 in 2008-12 and a 3% decline from $75,900 in 2000 (after inflation). The state had a similar median household income at $74,200 and the nation was substantially lower, at $57,700. Essex County's decline since 2000 compares with no change at the state level and a 7% decline at the national level.

Within Essex County, Boxford had the highest median income, at $155,000, followed by Andover, at $143,300. Lawrence had the lowest median income by far, at $39,600, followed by Lynn, at $53,500. Wenham had the largest percentage decrease in Essex County since 2000, falling 27%, from $133,200 to $97,000. The Town of Essex had the largest percentage increase in the county, at 25%, from $87,600 to $109,300.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County had the lowest median household income among the comparison counties, as Lake, IL was at $82,600, Middlesex, MA was at $92,900, and Westchester, NY was at $90,000 in 2013-17. The decline in Essex County since 2000 was smaller than the 16% drop in Lake and similar to a 4% drop in Westchester, while Middlesex had an increase of 4%.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 dollars. The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with 3 asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Median Household Income
20002008-122013-17
Essex County, MA$75,884$71,443$73,533
Amesbury$85,476$78,638
Beverly$79,427$72,554$77,893
Gloucester$70,214$66,256$65,348
Haverhill$73,320$64,347$65,926
Lawrence$41,172$34,090$39,627
Lynn$54,974$46,699$53,513
Methuen$73,017$70,308$73,492
Newburyport$86,155$89,156$89,887
Peabody$80,670$71,586$65,085
Salem$64,786$60,406$65,528
Andover$129,009$126,326$143,292
Boxford$166,570$143,342$155,034
Danvers$86,482$84,538$79,795
Essex$87,622$87,555$109,327
Georgetown$112,202$111,996$113,417
Groveland$101,766$100,909$95,031*
Hamilton$105,934$112,207$112,250*
Ipswich$84,282$88,449$80,829
Lynnfield$118,626$114,086$117,706
Manchester$108,093$124,979$105,500*
Marblehead$108,830$112,197$110,025
Merrimac$86,354$83,573$84,417*
Middleton$119,757$103,895$107,727
Nahant$94,240$75,534$81,384*
Newbury$110,107$96,437$89,433
North Andover$107,005$103,606$105,661
Rockport$74,538$73,119$72,015
Rowley$91,412$93,893$89,338*
Salisbury$72,550$78,346$72,828
Saugus$81,365$81,043$82,188
Swampscott$104,594$99,589$105,169
Topsfield$141,878$125,735$131,387
Wenham$133,189$152,864$96,979
West Newbury$136,579$120,181*$135,882
Middlesex County, MA$89,486$86,926$92,878
Lake County, IL$98,538$84,433$82,613
Westchester County, NY$93,549$86,577$89,968
Massachusetts$74,304$71,166$74,167
United States$61,786$56,633$57,652

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.








INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining