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Medford, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Medford had a population of 57,508 as of July 1, 2015. Medford 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 Medford is located at latitude 42.4238 and longitude -71.1092 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Medford (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0.56 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The City of Medford (GNIS ID: 619405) 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 Medford population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Medford: Mistic, Mystic.

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Medford, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 57,508
Population in Households 55,515
Population in Familes 40,332
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,993
Population Density1 7,099
Diversity Index2 48


Total Households 23,518
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 13,487
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,777 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,490 (54.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,028 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,259 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $439,971
Average Home Value $464,229


Median Household Income $71,466
Average Household Income $86,001
Per Capita Income $35,263
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.45% 0.72%
Households 0.58% 0.78%
Families 0.4% 0.69%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   2.57%
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.

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Medford, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Medford to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 19 93rd
Population Density1 # 15 94th
Diversity Index2 # 36 86th
Median Household Income # 107 57th
Per Capita Income # 124 50th

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