The philanthropic outfit’s new site features charts and tables, as well as context, about issues affecting the region’s 3 million residents that range from foreign-born population to financial security to female-to-male earnings ratio. A summary of key trends from Foundation for MetroWest partner Center for Governmental Research is embedded at the bottom of this post.
Many themes are familiar: housing shortages, transportation troubles (average travel time to work for Wellesley-ites has risen from 24 to 30 minutes since 2000), and a generally healthy jobs picture. You can drill down into some of the data on a town or city basis, while other numbers don’t go deeper than county-wide. I took a very quick spin through the site, which revealed this data:
- Under Financial Security (People Living in Poverty), Wellesley’s percentage of people living in poverty has stayed in the 3%-4% range since 2000. That’s lower than the 5%-7% range in Norfolk County over that period.
- The percentage of disengaged youths (ages 16 to 19 not in school or without jobs) shows as 0% for Wellesley, below the county’s 2% figure. Wellesley’s opioid-related deaths per 100,000 residents was 3.4 in 2018, well below Norfolk County’s 24.1 and the state’s 29.5.
- Foreign-born population in MetroWest is on the rise, and totaled 18% from 2014-2018. In Wellesley, the percentage of residents who were not U.S. citizens at birth has climbed from 11% in 2000 to 16% (that’s 4,636 people).
I’ll take a closer look at the data later on. If you dive in and find anything worth exploring in more detail, feel free to let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org