Essex County MA Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 758,816
Population in Households 741,049
Population in Familes 598,462
Population in Group Qrtrs 17,767
Population Density1 1,541
Diversity Index2 57


Total Households 292,739
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 191,129
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 315,199 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 188,109 (59.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 104,630 (33.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 22,460 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $356,211
Average Home Value $414,359


Median Household Income $68,763
Average Household Income $94,393
Per Capita Income $36,499
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.4% 0.58%
Households 0.45% 0.61%
Families 0.31% 0.54%
Median Household Income   2.99%
Per Capita Income   2.56%
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, 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 # 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.