These statistical profiles are a compilation of demographic, housing, social, and economic data for select areas in New England. The data provide useful background information for discussion about community development in the region.
Data are presented for each metropolitan and micropolitan New England City and Town Area (NECTA) of the six New England states. Profiles are available as portable document format (PDF) files.
Defining New England City and Town Areas
New England city and town areas (NECTAs) are defined using the same criteria as metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas and are identified as either metropolitan or micropolitan, based, respectively, on the presence of either an urbanized area of 50,000 or more population or an urban cluster of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population. If the specified criteria are met, a NECTA containing a single core with a population of at least 2.5 million may be subdivided to form smaller groupings of cities and towns referred to as New England city and town area divisions.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Defining Low- and Moderate-Income Areas
Using 2000 U.S. Census data, a census tract is designated as a low or moderate income area if its median family income is less than 80 percent of the median family income of the metropolitan area. For tracts outside of a metropolitan area, median family income of the states non-metropolitan areas is used for comparison.