Norwood, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Norwood, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Norwood Census Designated Place had a population of 28,934 as of July 1, 2015. Norwood 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 Norwood is located at latitude 42.1874 and longitude -71.196 in Norfolk County. The formal boundaries for the Norwood Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.37 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Norfolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 128 feet.

The Norwood Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378193) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Norwood population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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


Total Population 28,934
Population in Households 28,525
Population in Familes 22,217
Population in Group Qrtrs 409
Population Density1 2,791
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 12,112
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 7,341
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 12,739 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,000 (54.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,112 (40.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 627 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $435,803
Average Home Value $475,154


Median Household Income $75,402
Average Household Income $91,400
Per Capita Income $38,299
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.22% 0.47%
Households 0.31% 0.48%
Families 0.11% 0.37%
Median Household Income   2.24%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
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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Norwood, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Norwood 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 # 47 81st
Population Density1 # 46 82nd
Diversity Index2 # 53 78th
Median Household Income # 96 61st
Per Capita Income # 94 62nd

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