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Medford, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Medford is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Middlesex County at latitude 42.4238 and longitude -71.1092. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Medford, but most people and references simply refer to it as Medford, Massachusetts.

The P1 Census Class Code for Medford indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Medford: Mistic, Mystic.

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


Total Population 57,473
Population in Households 55,479
Population in Familes 40,377
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,994
Population Density1 7,094
Diversity Index2 46


Total Households 23,478
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 13,545
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,738 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,443 (54.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,035 (40.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,260 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $415,021
Average Home Value $435,918


Median Household Income $70,178
Average Household Income $86,682
Per Capita Income $35,503
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.54% 0.82%
Households 0.68% 0.89%
Families 0.6% 0.85%
Median Household Income   2.63%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
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.


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, 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 # 19 93rd
Population Density1 # 15 94th
Diversity Index2 # 36 86th
Median Household Income # 104 58th
Per Capita Income # 116 53rd

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