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Chelsea, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

Chelsea is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Chelsea.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Suffolk County at latitude 42.3918 and longitude -71.0328. Suffolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 39 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Chelsea (see map) encompass a land area of 2.21 sq. miles and a water area of 0.25 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chelsea: Romney Marsh, Rumney Marsh, Winnisemit, Winnisimmet, Winnissimmet.

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Chelsea, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chelsea to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 39 84th
Population Density1 # 3 99th
Diversity Index2 # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 231 6th
Per Capita Income # 238 3rd

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

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Chelsea, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)

POPULATION

Total Population 36,783
Population in Households 36,079
Population in Familes 27,105
Population in Group Qrtrs 704
Population Density1 16,627
Diversity Index2 88
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 12,372
Average Household Size 2.92
Family Households 7,708
Average Family Size 4

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 13,208 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,565 (27.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,807 (66.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 836 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $292,283
Average Home Value $323,808
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $39,386
Average Household Income $52,450
Per Capita Income $17,693
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.06% 1.22%
Households 1.06% 1.21%
Families 1.04% 1.21%
Median Household Income   2.82%
Per Capita Income   2.5%
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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