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Essex, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Essex Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Essex County at latitude 42.6404 and longitude -70.7712. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

The formal official name is the Essex Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Essex, Massachusetts.

The U5 Census Class Code for Essex indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Essex Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Essex: Chebacco.

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


Total Population 1,531
Population in Households 1,531
Population in Familes 1,227
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 744
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 630
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 397
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 675 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 430 (63.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 200 (29.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 45 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $424,038
Average Home Value $488,256


Median Household Income $89,876
Average Household Income $114,389
Per Capita Income $47,071
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.95% 1.21%
Households 1.08% 1.24%
Families 0.97% 1.18%
Median Household Income   2.62%
Per Capita Income   4.34%
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, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex 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 # 206 16th
Population Density1 # 188 23rd
Diversity Index2 # 221 10th
Median Household Income # 45 82nd
Per Capita Income # 43 83rd

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