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Shirley, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Shirley Census Designated Place had a population of 1,489 as of July 1, 2016. Shirley ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Shirley is located at latitude 42.5365 and longitude -71.6674 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Shirley Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 282 feet.

The Shirley Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378223) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Shirley Census Designated Place is located within Town of Shirley, a minor civil division (MCD) of Middlesex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shirley 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 Shirley: Shirley Village.

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


Total Population 1,489
Population in Households 819
Population in Familes 621
Population in Group Qrtrs 670
Population Density1 1,134
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 681
Average Household Size 1.2
Family Households 396
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 749 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 346 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 335 (44.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 68 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $253,409
Average Home Value $266,040


Median Household Income $57,113
Average Household Income $78,704
Per Capita Income $26,069
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.53% 0.65%
Households 0.9% 1.15%
Families 1.58% 1.09%
Median Household Income   0.87%
Per Capita Income   1.51%
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.

Shirley, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shirley 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 # 211 15th
Population Density1 # 150 39th
Diversity Index2 # 27 89th
Median Household Income # 175 29th
Per Capita Income # 213 14th

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