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The City of North Adams had a population of 13,081 as of July 1, 2021. North Adams ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for North Adams is located at latitude 42.7009 and longitude -73.1087 in Berkshire County. The formal boundaries for the City of North Adams encompass a land area of 20.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Berkshire County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 725 feet.

The City of North Adams 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.

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North Adams, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 13,081 (100%)
Population in Households 12,063 (92.2%)
Population in Families 8,475 (64.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,018 ( 7.8%)
Population Density 643
Diversity Index2 28


Median Household Income $41,631
Average Household Income $59,403
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $25,966
Wealth Index5 48


Total HU (Housing Units) 6,784 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,338 (49.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,341 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,105 (16.3%)
Median Home Value $167,029
Average Home Value $214,784
Housing Affordability Index3 116


Total Households 5,679
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 3,073
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.42% -0.49%
Households -0.29% -0.47%
Families -0.39% -0.52%
Median Household Income   2.32%
Per Capita Income   2.65%
Owner Occupied HU   0.27%

North Adams, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North Adams to the other 245 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 80 68th
Population Density # 205 17th
Median Household Income # 242 2nd
Housing Affordability Index # 173 71st
Per Capita Income # 235 4th
Diversity Index # 111 55th

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