This section shows the Hampshire County Massachusetts economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, Hampshire County shows it has a Median earnings of $62,962 which is in the middle range of other counties in the area. The county with the highest median earnings per worker in the area is Tolland County which depicts a median earnings of $69,539 (10.4% larger). Comparing median earnings per worker to the United States average of $53,269, Hampshire County is 18.2% larger. Also, benchmarked against the state of Massachusetts, median earnings per worker of $69,105, Hampshire County is about 9.8% smaller.
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $76,959 which is in the mid range of other counties in the metropolitan area. The county with the highest median household income in the area is Tolland County which depicts a median income of $88,525 (15.0% larger). Comparing median household income to the United States average of $69,021, Hampshire County is 11.5% larger. Also, compared to the state of Massachusetts, median household income of $89,026, Hampshire County is about 15.7% smaller.
The next section examines a variety of different income statistics for the Hampshire County metropolitan area. In Figure 3 we see that it has the smallest proportion of earnings between $20,000 and $49,999 at 18.7% of the total. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $35.72 which is the second most average hourly earnings of all the counties in the greater Hampshire County region. The county with the highest average hourly earnings in the area is Tolland County which depicts an average hourly earnings of $37.35 (only about 4.6% larger). Comparing average hourly earnings to the United States average of $26.40, Hampshire County is 35.3% larger. Also, in contrast to the state of Massachusetts, average hourly earnings of $34.97, Hampshire County is only slightly larger.
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the Hampshire County metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. Hampshire County shows it has a Self Employed of 14.8% which is the second most of all the counties in the greater region. The county with the highest percentage of people self employed in the area is Franklin County which shows a percentage self employed of 16.6% (12.2% larger).
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 26.6% which is the second most of all the counties in the area. The county with the highest households with retirement income in the area is Berkshire County which depicts a households with retirement income of 28.2% (6.1% larger).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. Hampshire County shows full time employees 63.4% larger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. Hampshire County depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 30% for the self employed in professional, scientific, management, administrative services classification.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hampshire County depicts it has the hightest cost of 161.9 for the cost of utilities classification.
Hampshire County Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. Hampshire County shows it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 10.5% which is in the mid point range of other counties in the metro area. The county with the highest percent of people earning less than the poverty level in the area is Hampden County which depicts a percent of people in poverty of 15.9% (50.5% larger).
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) Hampshire County shows it has a Public Assistance Percent of 10.5% which is the second smallest as measured by households with public assistance of all the other counties in the surrounding region. The county with the highest households with public assistance in the area is Hampden County which shows a households with public assistance of 23.6% (approximately 2.3 times bigger).
Hampshire County Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows Hampshire County employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate depicts that from February 2017 to before the disasterous Covid-19 virus Pandemic it went from 3.9% to 2.0% in December 2019. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 48.7%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 2.0%. This represents an increase in the monthly unemployment rate of very little.
Hampshire County Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
Hampshire County Work Commute Charts
The following set of charts detail a variety of metrics that have economic impact, economic grow factors and economic development metrics in the Hampshire County community and has an impact on other factors such as economic growth, population growth, economic recovery, job growth, etc.. Figure 17 shows a high level view of how the population commutes to work (including the percent of people who work from home.) Hampshire County has the largest proportion of people who take public transportation to work at 10% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the largest proportion of people who bicycle or walk to work at 13% of the total and is ranked #1. Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown Hampshire County or elsewhere.) Hampshire County has the smallest proportion of people who drove alone at 69% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of people who take the bus at 3% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the largest proportion of people who bike at 1% of the total and is ranked #1. Also, it has the largest proportion of people who walked at 8% of the total and is ranked #1. In addition, it has the largest proportion of people who work from home at 13% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. Hampshire County shows it has a Avg Commute Time of 24 which is in the mid range of other counties in the local area.
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and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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