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Gloucester, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Gloucester had a population of 29,317 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Gloucester is located at latitude 42.6288 and longitude -70.6859 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gloucester (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.19 sq. miles and a water area of 15.31 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 56 feet.

The City of Gloucester (GNIS ID: 618297) 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 Gloucester 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 Gloucester: Glocester, Gloucester Harbor, The Harbor, Wingaersheek, Wonasquam.

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


Total Population 29,317
Population in Households 28,818
Population in Familes 22,089
Population in Group Qrtrs 499
Population Density1 1,119
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 12,708
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 7,603
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,961 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,584 (50.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,124 (34.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,253 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $409,357
Average Home Value $506,955


Median Household Income $61,762
Average Household Income $87,850
Per Capita Income $38,413
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.29% 0.58%
Households 0.28% 0.59%
Families 0.19% 0.54%
Median Household Income   1.56%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
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.

Gloucester, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gloucester 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 # 47 81st
Population Density1 # 153 38th
Diversity Index2 # 146 41st
Median Household Income # 157 37th
Per Capita Income # 114 54th

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