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Community Health

The overall well-being and health status of a specific community or population

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Northampton, MA,
Census tract 25015821903
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Substance abuse among hub patrons is significantly lower, at 8.8%, which is more than half less than the rate in Western Massachusetts at 17.9%. It's also lower than the national average of 11.2% and Massachusetts' average of 15.5% (source: 2023 Western Massachusetts Network to End HomelessnessSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin).

Bicycle and pedestrian safety is a significant concern in this area, with a high level of risk. It's notable that this location is among the top 5% for bicycle crashes, and the downtown area falls within the same high-risk category for bike and pedestrian accidents (source: MassDOT Top Crash Locations).

The prevalence of adult depression in the census tracts/downtown area is relatively high at 17.7%. This rate is higher than the Northampton average of 16.1% but slightly lower than the rate among hub patrons, which is 18% (source: 2021 CDC PLACES). 

The estimated adult disability rate in this area is moderately high, standing at 25.1%. This rate is comparable to the surrounding census tracts, which range from 16% to 27.7%, but it is approximately 1.7 times higher than the national average of 14.7% and slightly higher than Northampton's rate of 16.1% (source: 2021 CDC PLACES).

The percentage of residents in the census tract who commute using public transit, walking, or cycling is very high, at 25.3%. This is only slightly less than the extremely high rate in X2000, which is 60%. However, the average rate for Northampton as a whole is considerably lower at 13.8%, approximately 0.5 times less than the rate in this census tract (source: 2021 U.S. Census American Community Survey, S0801). 

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