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Peabody, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

Peabody is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Peabody.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Essex County at latitude 42.5279 and longitude -70.9287. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 23 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Peabody (see map) encompass a land area of 16.21 sq. miles and a water area of 0.58 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Peabody: South Danvers.

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


Total Population 51,637
Population in Households 51,090
Population in Familes 40,581
Population in Group Qrtrs 547
Population Density1 3,185
Diversity Index2 33


Total Households 21,625
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 13,536
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 22,464 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,246 (63.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,379 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 839 ( 3.7%)
Median Home Value $314,386
Average Home Value $336,433


Median Household Income $65,076
Average Household Income $81,468
Per Capita Income $34,146
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.18% 0.6%
Households 0.34% 0.68%
Families 0.24% 0.62%
Median Household Income   2.81%
Per Capita Income   2.62%
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.


Peabody, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Peabody 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 # 24 91st
Population Density1 # 42 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 66 73rd
Median Household Income # 121 51st
Per Capita Income # 130 47th

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