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Fall River, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

Fall River is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Fall River.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Bristol County at latitude 41.7015 and longitude -71.155. Bristol County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 121 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Fall River (see map) encompass a land area of 33.13 sq. miles and a water area of 7.11 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fall River: Border City Village, Fall River Village, Pocasset, The Border City.

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Fall River, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 88,980
Population in Households 87,179
Population in Familes 65,215
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,801
Population Density1 2,686
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 38,716
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 22,466
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 43,376 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,137 (32.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,579 (56.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,660 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $216,107
Average Home Value $229,866


Median Household Income $34,692
Average Household Income $46,806
Per Capita Income $20,420
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.03% 0.13%
Households 0.16% 0.19%
Families 0.08% 0.14%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   2.49%
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.


Fall River, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fall River to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 10 96th
Population Density1 # 50 80th
Diversity Index2 # 51 80th
Median Household Income # 238 3rd
Per Capita Income # 231 6th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Massachusetts Census Data Comparison Tool.