Fitchburg, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fitchburg, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Fitchburg had a population of 41,913 as of July 1, 2016. Fitchburg ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Fitchburg is located at latitude 42.602 and longitude -71.8159 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fitchburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 27.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 453 feet.

The City of Fitchburg (GNIS ID: 618363) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg: Fitchburg Centre.

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


Total Population 41,913
Population in Households 39,277
Population in Familes 29,989
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,636
Population Density1 1,506
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 15,690
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 9,626
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 17,786 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,143 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,547 (42.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,096 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $199,174
Average Home Value $232,476


Median Household Income $46,992
Average Household Income $61,496
Per Capita Income $24,276
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.62% 0.65%
Households 0.55% 0.64%
Families 0.45% 0.58%
Median Household Income   -0.31%
Per Capita Income   1.17%
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.

Fitchburg, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fitchburg 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 # 33 87th
Population Density1 # 116 53rd
Diversity Index2 # 15 94th
Median Household Income # 213 14th
Per Capita Income # 225 9th

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