Fall River, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fall River, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Fall River is the 10th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 90,492 as of July 1, 2017. Fall River 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 Fall River is located at latitude 41.7253 and longitude -71.0942 in Bristol County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fall River (see map below) encompass a land area of 33.13 sq. miles and a water area of 7.11 sq. miles. Bristol County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 121 feet.

The City of Fall River (GNIS ID: 618282) 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 Fall River population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fall River: Border City Village, Fall River Village, Pocasset, The Border City.

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Fall River, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 90,492
Daytime Population: Workers 37,690
Daytime Population: Residents 52,014
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 89,704
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.99
Population in Households 88,698
Population in Familes 66,326
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,794
Population Density2 2,731
Diversity Index3 41


Median Household Income $37,314
Average Household Income $52,819
Per Capita Income $23,087


Total Housing Units 43,420 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,222 (30.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,697 (59.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,501 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $251,005
Average Home Value $272,068


Total Households 38,919
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 22,529
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.25% 0.3%
Households 0.16% 0.26%
Families 0.08% 0.21%
Median Household Income   0.18%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

Fall River, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fall River to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 10 96th
Population Density # 53 79th
Diversity Index # 54 78th
Median Household Income # 238 4th
Per Capita Income # 234 5th

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