Essex County MA Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 770,957
Population in Households 752,758
Population in Familes 608,967
Population in Group Qrtrs 18,199
Population Density1 1,565
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 295,764
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 193,710
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 319,160 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 183,894 (57.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 111,870 (35.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 23,396 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $383,866
Average Home Value $442,852


Median Household Income $70,261
Average Household Income $98,320
Per Capita Income $38,190
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.59% 0.79%
Households 0.54% 0.8%
Families 0.48% 0.76%
Median Household Income   2.31%
Per Capita Income   1.58%
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.


Essex County MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex County to the other 14 counties and county equivalents 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 # 3 86th
Population Density1 # 4 79th
Diversity Index2 # 3 86th
Median Household Income # 5 71st
Per Capita Income # 6 64th

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