Essex County MA Information


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  1. Essex County 2019 Demographic Data
  2. Growth Rates forEssex County (Historical & 5-Year Forecast)
  3. Peer Comparisons (Rank and Percentile)
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Essex County MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)


Total Population 783,994
Population in Households 764,496
Population in Familes 618,150
Population in Group Qrtrs 19,498
Population Density 1,592
Diversity Index1 62


Median Household Income $77,399
Average Household Income $108,118
Per Capita Income $41,148
Wealth Index3 138


Total Housing Units 319,101 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 187,874 (58.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 110,129 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 21,098 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $450,450
Housing Affordability Index2 78


Total Households 298,003
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 195,138
Average Family Size 3
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.58% 0.56%
Households 0.45% 0.51%
Families 0.4% 0.48%
Median Household Income   2.51%
Per Capita Income   2.78%


Essex County MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Essex County to the other 14 counties and county equivalents in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 4 79th
Population Density # 4 79th
Diversity Index # 3 86th
Median Household Income # 5 71st
Per Capita Income # 6 64th

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