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New Bedford, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of New Bedford is the 6th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 98,641 as of July 1, 2016. New Bedford 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 New Bedford is located at latitude 41.6613 and longitude -70.9379 in Bristol County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Bedford (see map below) encompass a land area of 20 sq. miles and a water area of 4.14 sq. miles. Bristol County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 98 feet.

The City of New Bedford (GNIS ID: 619435) 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 New Bedford 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 New Bedford: Achushena, Acushnet Village.

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New Bedford, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 98,641
Population in Households 96,623
Population in Familes 72,822
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,018
Population Density1 4,933
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 40,136
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 23,993
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 44,429 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,105 (36.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,031 (54.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,293 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $223,878
Average Home Value $239,789


Median Household Income $36,636
Average Household Income $50,421
Per Capita Income $20,921
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.59% 0.52%
Households 0.56% 0.52%
Families 0.45% 0.45%
Median Household Income   0.06%
Per Capita Income   0.83%
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.

New Bedford, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Bedford 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 # 6 98th
Population Density1 # 22 91st
Diversity Index2 # 17 93rd
Median Household Income # 239 3rd
Per Capita Income # 238 4th

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