Fall River, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fall River, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Fall River is the 10th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 89,199 as of July 1, 2015. Fall River ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fall River is located at latitude 41.7253 and longitude -71.0942 in Bristol County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fall River (see map below) encompass a land area of 33.13 sq. miles and a water area of 7.11 sq. miles. Bristol County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 121 feet.

The City of Fall River (GNIS ID: 618282) 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 Fall River population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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, 2015)


Total Population 89,199
Population in Households 87,379
Population in Familes 65,294
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,820
Population Density1 2,692
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 38,826
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 22,414
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 43,412 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,228 (32.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,598 (56.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,586 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $222,644
Average Home Value $236,320


Median Household Income $34,315
Average Household Income $47,880
Per Capita Income $20,895
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.07% 0.15%
Households 0.18% 0.19%
Families 0.02% 0.1%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   2.12%
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, 2015 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 # 51 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.