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Athol, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Athol Census Designated Place had a population of 8,447 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Athol is located at latitude 42.5934 and longitude -72.2302 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the Athol Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.28 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 558 feet.

The Athol Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2377982) 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 Athol Census Designated Place is located within Town of Athol, a minor civil division (MCD) of Worcester County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Athol 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 Athol: Athol Centre, Athol Depot, Paquoig.

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


Total Population 8,447
Population in Households 8,366
Population in Familes 6,399
Population in Group Qrtrs 81
Population Density1 1,032
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 3,438
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 2,113
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,902 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,209 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,229 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 464 (11.9%)
Median Home Value $155,436
Average Home Value $176,166


Median Household Income $44,770
Average Household Income $56,924
Per Capita Income $23,334
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.35% 0.48%
Households 0.3% 0.45%
Families 0.18% 0.38%
Median Household Income   0.01%
Per Capita Income   1.05%
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.

Athol, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athol 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 # 88 65th
Population Density1 # 158 36th
Diversity Index2 # 127 49th
Median Household Income # 222 10th
Per Capita Income # 231 7th

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