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New Bedford, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of New Bedford is the 7th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 98,639 as of July 1, 2018. 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 41.6613 and longitude -70.9379 in Bristol County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Bedford (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 619435) 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, 2018)


Total Population 98,639
Population in Households 96,614
Population in Familes 73,259
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,025
Population Density2 4,933
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $39,499
Average Household Income $54,704
Per Capita Income $22,612


Total Housing Units 44,513 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,351 (36.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,688 (53.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,474 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $235,243
Average Home Value $272,482


Total Households 40,039
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 23,911
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.45% 0.42%
Households 0.39% 0.41%
Families 0.3% 0.36%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

New Bedford, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Bedford to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 7 98th
Population Density # 24 91st
Diversity Index # 16 94th
Median Household Income # 238 4th
Per Capita Income # 237 4th

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