New Bedford, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


New Bedford Local Links & Resources:
Hotels | Resources | ALL New Bedford Content

Also See: New Bedford, MA ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

New Bedford, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of New Bedford is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Bristol County at latitude 41.6613 and longitude -70.9379. Bristol County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 98 feet.

The formal official name is the City of New Bedford, but most people and references simply refer to it as New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The P1 Census Class Code for New Bedford indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for New Bedford: Achushena, Acushnet Village.

City of New Bedford, MA Boundary Map


Also See: BIG Map | Driving Directions | MA Congressional Districts
Boundary Maps: Bristol County | Massachusetts Counties

Search the map for:

New Bedford, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 97,252
Population in Households 95,211
Population in Familes 71,719
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,041
Population Density1 4,863
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 39,780
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 23,832
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 44,074 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,932 (38.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,848 (51.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,294 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $202,166
Average Home Value $210,211


Median Household Income $34,887
Average Household Income $45,853
Per Capita Income $18,812
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.53% 0.45%
Households 0.61% 0.48%
Families 0.5% 0.42%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.36%
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 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 # 6 98th
Population Density1 # 22 91st
Diversity Index2 # 15 94th
Median Household Income # 236 4th
Per Capita Income # 234 5th

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