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The Everett Office of Economic Development and Integration Initiative

The City of Everett is collaborating with several community-based organizations to develop a new community and economic development initiative, designed to foster a supportive environment for traditionally underserved, immigrant, and newcomer populations. The new Everett Office of Economic Development and Integration Initiative will coordinate with local civic institutions to ensure the availability and accessibility of job training and business leadership resources to the immigrant community while also ensuring the inclusivity of immigrant populations within municipal services and community institutions. The office will make language training available, as well as workforce and entrepreneurial education. Partners include the Metro Area Planning Council, La Comunidad Inc., Everett Co-operative Bank, and Distrigas of Massachusetts.

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Learn about Everett

Everett is one of the older industrial cities bordering Boston. Historically, petroleum products, chemicals, paint products, and metals have made up its chief outputs.

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Like many older Massachusetts cities, Everett's population declined during the second half of the 20th century, although not as sharply as in some cities. Census data show that its population peaked in 1930 at 48,424 and stood at 41,667 in 2010.

Everett MA
Persons under 18 years 22.8% 21.7%
Persons 65 years and over 11.5% 13.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4% 0.3%
Asian alone 4.8% 5.3%
Black or African-American alone 14.3% 6.6%
Hispanic or Latino 21.1% 9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander <0.1% 0.0%
Two or more races 3.8% 2.6%
White alone 62.8% 80.4%
White alone (not Hispanic or Latino) 53.6% 76.1%

“Everett, an industrial city adjacent to Boston, today shows one hundred and forty-two manufactories with an employment roll of over five thousand, specializing mainly in coke or petroleum products, oils, chemicals, and shoes.”

Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, 1937

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Interestingly, according to Clark University researchers, Everett doubled its percentages of Black, Hispanic, and foreign-born residents in only one decade, from 2000 to 2010.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2007-2011, 36.0% of Everett residents are foreign-born, compared with 14.7% statewide.

  • 7.5% born in Africa
  • 6.9% born in Asia
  • 12.4% born in Europe
  • 72.7% born in Latin America
  • 0.3% born in Northern America
  • 0.2% born in Oceania

With over 35% of its population born abroad, Everett is now one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth. Among its nationalities are significant populations from Brazil, Haiti, and El Salvador.

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Compare a range of demographic data for Everett’s low- and moderate-income populations. 
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Check out detailed stats on income, employment, education, health, and more provided by Clark University researchers for the Working Cities Challenge.

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The American Community Survey also shows the following:

  • The homeownership rate is 40.3%, compared with 63.6% statewide.
  • Everett’s median home value is $340,000, compared with $343,500 statewide.
  • Median household income is $48,319, compared with $65,981 statewide.
  • 80.1% of Everett residents 25 and over have graduated high school, compared with 88.9% statewide.
  • 16.5% residents have earned a bachelor’s degree, compared with 38.7% statewide.
  • 11.6% of Everett residents are below the poverty level, compared with 10.7% statewide.

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, as of June 2013, Everett’s unemployment rate was 7.6%, compared with 7.4% statewide. Clark University researchers report that the following employers are Everett’s five largest:

  • City of Everett
  • Boston Coach
  • Everett Management Corp.
  • Immaculate Conception Everett
  • Colonial Health Group –Everett LLC

The Leavitt Corporation has been manufacturing its trademark Teddie Peanut Butter in the city since 1924. Among the economic and community development initiatives currently in the works or recently completed are a proposal to redevelop the old Everett High School complex and the revitalization of the Lower Broadway District. Everett has also been the film site for recent TV shows and movies.