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Gloucester, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Gloucester had a population of 29,905 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Gloucester is located at latitude 42.6288 and longitude -70.6859 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gloucester (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.19 sq. miles and a water area of 15.31 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 56 feet.

The City of Gloucester (GNIS ID: 618297) 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 Gloucester 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 Gloucester: Glocester, Gloucester Harbor, The Harbor, Wingaersheek, Wonasquam.

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


Total Population 29,905
Daytime Population: Workers 12,649
Daytime Population: Residents 14,891
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 27,540
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.92
Population in Households 29,388
Population in Familes 22,499
Population in Group Qrtrs 517
Population Density2 1,142
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $64,445
Average Household Income $92,275
Per Capita Income $40,003


Total Housing Units 14,943 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,642 (51.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,213 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,088 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $430,438
Average Home Value $545,495


Total Households 12,855
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 7,688
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 0.53% 0.61%
Households 0.4% 0.55%
Families 0.32% 0.5%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.18%

Gloucester, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gloucester 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 # 47 81st
Population Density # 152 39th
Diversity Index # 143 41st
Median Household Income # 150 39th
Per Capita Income # 112 55th

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