Wellesley, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wellesley, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Wellesley Census Designated Place had a population of 28,940 as of July 1, 2016. Wellesley 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 Wellesley is located at latitude 42.3059 and longitude -71.2829 in Norfolk County. The formal boundaries for the Wellesley Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.02 sq. miles and a water area of 0.5 sq. miles. Norfolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 125 feet.

The Wellesley Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378032) 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 Wellesley Census Designated Place is located within Town of Wellesley, a minor civil division (MCD) of Norfolk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wellesley 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 Wellesley: West Needham.

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


Total Population 28,940
Population in Households 24,998
Population in Familes 22,372
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,942
Population Density1 2,890
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 8,935
Average Household Size 2.8
Family Households 6,832
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,476 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,178 (75.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,757 (18.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 541 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $923,637
Average Home Value $936,922


Median Household Income $166,007
Average Household Income $230,029
Per Capita Income $73,837
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.54% 0.53%
Households 0.44% 0.56%
Families 0.39% 0.52%
Median Household Income   1.24%
Per Capita Income   1.37%
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.

Wellesley, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wellesley 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 # 50 80th
Population Density1 # 45 82nd
Diversity Index2 # 57 77th
Median Household Income # 3 99th
Per Capita Income # 5 98th

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