Melrose, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Melrose, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Melrose had a population of 28,060 as of July 1, 2016. Melrose ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Melrose is located at latitude 42.4557 and longitude -71.059 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Melrose (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 59 feet.

The City of Melrose (GNIS ID: 619406) 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 Melrose population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Melrose: Mystic Side, Ponde Fielde.

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


Total Population 28,060
Population in Households 27,788
Population in Familes 22,407
Population in Group Qrtrs 272
Population Density1 5,997
Diversity Index2 26


Total Households 11,594
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 7,312
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 12,229 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,519 (61.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,075 (33.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 635 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $446,708
Average Home Value $468,254


Median Household Income $85,969
Average Household Income $110,917
Per Capita Income $46,030
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.63% 0.91%
Households 0.54% 0.84%
Families 0.53% 0.84%
Median Household Income   2.51%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
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.

Melrose, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Melrose 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 # 52 79th
Population Density1 # 16 94th
Diversity Index2 # 99 60th
Median Household Income # 55 78th
Per Capita Income # 59 76th

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