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 90,256 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

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, 2016)


Total Population 90,256
Population in Households 88,475
Population in Familes 66,293
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,781
Population Density1 2,724
Diversity Index2 40


Total Households 38,945
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 22,594
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 43,593 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,384 (30.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,561 (58.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,648 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $242,185
Average Home Value $258,660


Median Household Income $36,896
Average Household Income $51,973
Per Capita Income $22,795
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.25% 0.3%
Households 0.2% 0.28%
Families 0.14% 0.25%
Median Household Income   0.07%
Per Capita Income   0.91%
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 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 # 10 96th
Population Density1 # 51 80th
Diversity Index2 # 54 79th
Median Household Income # 238 4th
Per Capita Income # 233 6th

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