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Lowell, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Lowell is the 5th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 109,342 as of July 1, 2016. Lowell ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Lowell is located at latitude 42.639 and longitude -71.3211 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lowell (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.94 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 118 feet.

The City of Lowell (GNIS ID: 618227) 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 Lowell 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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Lowell, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 109,342
Population in Households 104,925
Population in Familes 80,221
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,417
Population Density1 8,050
Diversity Index2 76


Total Households 39,379
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 24,053
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 42,800 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,941 (39.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,438 (52.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,421 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $238,258
Average Home Value $262,312


Median Household Income $49,487
Average Household Income $64,414
Per Capita Income $24,032
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.42% 0.69%
Households 0.37% 0.69%
Families 0.23% 0.6%
Median Household Income   -0.66%
Per Capita Income   1.11%
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.

Lowell, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lowell 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 # 5 98th
Population Density1 # 14 95th
Diversity Index2 # 9 97th
Median Household Income # 206 17th
Per Capita Income # 228 8th

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