Nahant, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Nahant, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Nahant Census Designated Place had a population of 3,405 as of July 1, 2016. Nahant ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Nahant is located at latitude 42.4193 and longitude -70.9301 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the Nahant Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.05 sq. miles and a water area of 14.43 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 82 feet.

The Nahant Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378174) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Nahant Census Designated Place is located within Town of Nahant, a minor civil division (MCD) of Essex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nahant population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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


Total Population 3,405
Population in Households 3,345
Population in Familes 2,563
Population in Group Qrtrs 60
Population Density1 3,256
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 1,538
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 914
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,694 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,047 (61.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 491 (29.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 156 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $576,168
Average Home Value $616,380


Median Household Income $90,170
Average Household Income $128,699
Per Capita Income $58,496
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.02% 0.39%
Households -0.02% 0.39%
Families -0.12% 0.33%
Median Household Income   1.93%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
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.

Nahant, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nahant 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 # 146 41st
Population Density1 # 41 84th
Diversity Index2 # 189 23rd
Median Household Income # 47 81st
Per Capita Income # 22 91st

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