Methuen, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Methuen, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Methuen Town had a population of 50,385 as of July 1, 2018. Methuen ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Methuen is located at latitude 42.7425 and longitude -71.1792 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Methuen Town (see map below) encompass a land area of 22.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.79 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 121 feet.

The City of Methuen Town (GNIS ID: 618302) 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 Methuen population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Methuen: Methuen Falls.

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


Total Population 50,385
Population in Households 49,881
Population in Familes 42,151
Population in Group Qrtrs 504
Population Density1 2,265
Diversity Index2 66


Median Household Income $76,485
Average Household Income $92,517
Per Capita Income $34,109


Total Housing Units 19,315 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,133 (68.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,330 (27.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 852 ( 4.4%)
Median Home Value $329,724
Average Home Value $371,098


Total Households 18,463
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 12,934
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 0.78% 0.73%
Households 0.63% 0.65%
Families 0.6% 0.64%
Median Household Income   2.38%
Per Capita Income   2.85%

Methuen, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Methuen 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 # 25 90th
Population Density # 67 73rd
Diversity Index # 19 92nd
Median Household Income # 122 51st
Per Capita Income # 167 33rd

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