How does Massachusetts compare with the rest of the United States in these following relevant and irrelevant ways?

Percentage of people living in Massachusetts who were born here: 74.6%
US average: 67.4%

Mean commute time, Massachusetts: 26.6 minutes
US average: 25.0 minutes

Median age of men’s first marriage, Massachusetts: 29.6 years old (2nd oldest)
Median age of men’s first marriage, US: 27.5 years old

Median age of women’s first marriage, Massachusetts: 27.7 years old (3rd oldest)
Median age of women’s first marriage, US: 25.9 years old

Percent of renters spending more than 30% of income on rent, Massachusetts: 48.6% (3rd highest)
Percent of renters spending more than 30% of income on rent, US: 46.0%

Percent of people age 5 or older who speak a language other than English, Massachusetts: 20.2% (California is 42.5%, New Mexico is 36.5%, Texas is 33.8% …)
Percent of people age 5 or older who speak a language other than English, US: 19.7%

Percent of people 25 or older with an advanced degree, Massachusetts: 15.6% (third highest, after MD and DC)
Percent of people 25 or older with an advanced degree, US: 9.9%

Percent of homes that are mobile homes, Massachusetts: 0.9% (49th in nation, over 14% of Wyoming’s homes are mobile homes …)
Percent of homes that are mobile homes, US: 7.3%

Also, Massachusetts has the fourth highest median family income, $74,463; 2.5% of Massachusetts households receive cash public assistance (21st in nation, almost equal to US average of 2.4% of households); 12.4% of Massachusetts children are “below the poverty level” (42nd in the nation), 18.3% of US children are “below the poverty level; and, 0.8% of the Massachusetts housing stock was built after 2005 (45th in nation), US average was 1.8%, and Nevada was #1 with 5.2%.

Source: US Census Bureau, by way of The New York Times

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