Essex County MA Information


Essex County Subdivisions

Essex County MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 786,917
Population in Households 767,134
Population in Familes 623,730
Population in Group Qrtrs 19,783
Population Density1 1,598
Diversity Index2 61


Median Household Income $78,684
Average Household Income $106,950
Per Capita Income $41,162


Total Housing Units 319,560 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 190,166 (59.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 109,005 (34.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 20,389 ( 6.4%)
Median Home Value $418,307
Average Home Value $508,778


Total Households 299,171
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 195,884
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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 0.7% 0.67%
Households 0.55% 0.61%
Families 0.5% 0.59%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   2.71%


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, 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 # 4 79th
Population Density # 4 79th
Diversity Index # 3 86th
Median Household Income # 5 71st
Per Capita Income # 6 64th

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