About the Region
Stretching along I-495 from Route 2 in the north to Route 1 in the south, the 495/MetroWest region is composed of 34 municipalities populated by more than 500,000 people. During the last decade, the region added around 55,000 people, which translates into a 12.1% growth rate, double the rate the Commonwealth experienced as a whole.
The region boasts a high concentration of highly skilled residents, as almost 50% of those aged 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree, while around 20% have also achieved a graduate or professional degree.
The region has a robust and diverse economy across several different employment sectors. Beyond the corporate headquarters located here, including top firms like EMC, Sepracor, Bose, Staples, TJX, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, and Boston Scientific, the region is home to a range of smaller companies and operations in nearly 107 million square feet of leasable office and industrial space. With an approximately $19 billion annual payroll (one out of every 10 payroll dollars in the Massachusetts economy), the 495/MetroWest region’s economic strength and skilled workforce is critical to an economically vibrant Massachusetts.