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The City of New Bedford is the 9th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 100,930 as of July 1, 2022. New Bedford 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 New Bedford is located at latitude 41.6362 and longitude -70.9342 in Bristol County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Bedford encompass a land area of 20 sq. miles and a water area of 4.14 sq. miles. Bristol County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 98 feet.

The City of New Bedford 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for New Bedford: Achushena, Acushnet Village.

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New Bedford, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 100,930 (100%)
Population in Households 99,380 (98.5%)
Population in Families 74,333 (73.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,550 ( 1.5%)
Population Density 5,046
Diversity Index2 74


Median Household Income $50,410
Average Household Income $70,307
% of Income for Mortgage4 28%
Per Capita Income $29,309
Wealth Index5 49


Total HU (Housing Units) 44,822 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,024 (38.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,968 (55.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,830 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $270,465
Average Home Value $342,507
Housing Affordability Index3 78


Total Households 41,992
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 24,693
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.07% 0.01%
Households 0.15% 0.07%
Families   0.07%
Median Household Income   2.96%
Per Capita Income   3.54%
Owner Occupied HU   0.70%

New Bedford, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Bedford to the other 248 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 9 97th
Population Density # 24 91st
Median Household Income # 240 4th
Housing Affordability Index # 55 22nd
Per Capita Income # 242 3rd
Diversity Index # 18 93rd

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