Essex County MA Information


Essex County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 787,418
Daytime Population: Workers 341,082
Daytime Population: Residents 390,555
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 731,637
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.93
Population in Households 768,472
Population in Familes 620,886
Population in Group Qrtrs 18,946
Population Density2 1,599
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $72,467
Average Household Income $101,584
Per Capita Income $39,151


Total Housing Units 320,489 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 185,421 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 114,328 (35.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 20,740 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $396,832
Average Home Value $471,388


Total Households 299,749
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 196,100
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 0.8% 0.8%
Households 0.65% 0.74%
Families 0.58% 0.7%
Median Household Income   2.01%
Per Capita Income   2.26%


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

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