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North Adams, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of North Adams had a population of 13,171 as of July 1, 2016. North Adams ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for North Adams is located at latitude 42.6756 and longitude -73.1181 in Berkshire County. The formal boundaries for the City of North Adams (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Berkshire County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 725 feet.

The City of North Adams (GNIS ID: 618273) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with North Adams population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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North Adams, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 13,171
Population in Households 12,115
Population in Familes 8,569
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,056
Population Density1 647
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 5,680
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 3,085
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,770 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,898 (42.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,782 (41.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,090 (16.1%)
Median Home Value $141,255
Average Home Value $172,904


Median Household Income $36,127
Average Household Income $48,022
Per Capita Income $21,893
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.64% -0.5%
Households -0.52% -0.45%
Families -0.63% -0.51%
Median Household Income   -0.33%
Per Capita Income   0.27%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

North Adams, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North Adams to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 79 68th
Population Density1 # 203 18th
Diversity Index2 # 111 55th
Median Household Income # 240 3rd
Per Capita Income # 236 4th

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