A PORTRAIT OF OUR REGION
A Community Indicator Project for Regional Action

Impact MetroWest is an initiative of the Foundation for MetroWest to bring awareness to and drive action around the strengths and challenges facing our communities here in the MetroWest region of Greater Boston. Credible and independent data is vital to allow the entire community to learn, understand and then act together improve the quality of life for everyone.

Over 50 indicators provide insight into the trends shaping our community over the last decade across several dimensions - the economy, education, civic engagement, our health, transportation and housing systems, and more. The data serves as a report card for the region, but also acts as a spark to drive change.

We are excited to share this data with everyone and look forward to seeing how it helps all of us better understand the quality of life in our region, how it compares with Massachusetts and the nation, and how we can work together to make it even better.


LEADING REGIONAL INDICATORS
Click below to view interactive charts and full data on these featured indicators.
Demographics and Diversity
Foreign-Born Population
18%
 of population
in 2016-20

Increasing
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Economy and Workforce
High-Tech Jobs
21%
  
in 2020

Maintaining
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Education
Prekindergarten Participation
9%
  
in 2020

Decreasing
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Financial Security
People Living in Poverty
8%
 of population
in 2016-20

Increasing
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CREATE A DASHBOARD
Create your own Dashboard of Key Indicators

Our Dashboard provides a quick, at-a-glance graphic summary of indicators for a variety of geographies and populations. Select the local area or county of interest and display all indicators with available data. Or build your own Dashboard by selecting just those indicators you care about.

 

METROWEST REGIONAL OVERVIEW

This report summarizes the data collected for MetroWest Impact.
Highlights include:

  • Regional assets include a thriving high-tech sector,  an extremely well-educated workforce, growing diversity and wealth.
  • But residents face increasing pressures to live comfortably, such as a lack of affordable housing and racial/ethnic disparities in a number of areas, including in rates of education and higher-income employment.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had clear impacts on things such as the unemployment rate and rate of student absenteeism. Whether these are simply short-term spikes or indicative of longer-term trends remains to be seen.
  • Many regional trends mirror the nation, including short-term pandemic effects, racial disparities and the opioid drug epidemic.

 

 

Summary of Stakeholder Perspectives

This report details input from regional stakeholders provided through focus groups, interviews and a community survey.
People told us:

  • Residents are engaged and compassionate, with a strong sense of local community.
  • Overall affluence in the region can obscure local needs and challenged populations, including immigrants.
  • The region needs a strong sense of its identity, and more collaboration across sectors.

 

 

WHAT'S NEW
News from the Front

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Launching Forward: Impact MetroWest





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