Brookline, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Brookline, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Brookline Census Designated Place had a population of 60,966 as of July 1, 2016. Brookline 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 Brookline is located at latitude 42.3239 and longitude -71.142 in Norfolk County. The formal boundaries for the Brookline Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Norfolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 26 feet.

The Brookline Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2377996) 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 Brookline Census Designated Place is located within Town of Brookline, a minor civil division (MCD) of Norfolk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Brookline 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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Brookline, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 60,966
Population in Households 59,027
Population in Familes 37,812
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,939
Population Density1 9,032
Diversity Index2 53


Total Households 25,791
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 12,855
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 26,909 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,041 (44.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,750 (51.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,118 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $749,088
Average Home Value $810,747


Median Household Income $103,499
Average Household Income $151,757
Per Capita Income $64,857
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.6% 0.63%
Households 0.44% 0.57%
Families 0.36% 0.52%
Median Household Income   2.07%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
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.

Brookline, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brookline 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 # 18 93rd
Population Density1 # 9 97th
Diversity Index2 # 33 87th
Median Household Income # 29 89th
Per Capita Income # 12 96th

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