Nahant, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Nahant, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Nahant Census Designated Place had a population of 3,476 as of July 1, 2017. Nahant ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Nahant is located at latitude 42.4193 and longitude -70.9301 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the Nahant Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.05 sq. miles and a water area of 14.43 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 82 feet.

The Nahant Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378174) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Nahant Census Designated Place is located within Town of Nahant, a minor civil division (MCD) of Essex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nahant population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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


Total Population 3,476
Daytime Population: Workers 481
Daytime Population: Residents 1,635
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,116
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.61
Population in Households 3,414
Population in Familes 2,613
Population in Group Qrtrs 62
Population Density2 3,324
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $92,704
Average Household Income $131,398
Per Capita Income $59,226


Total Housing Units 1,703 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,055 (61.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 502 (29.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 146 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $621,835
Average Home Value $695,332


Total Households 1,557
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 925
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 0.26% 0.4%
Households 0.15% 0.37%
Families 0.06% 0.3%
Median Household Income   2.02%
Per Capita Income   2.08%

Nahant, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nahant 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 # 146 41st
Population Density # 41 84th
Diversity Index # 185 26th
Median Household Income # 52 79th
Per Capita Income # 23 91st

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