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Rockport, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Rockport Census Designated Place had a population of 5,240 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Rockport is located at latitude 42.6557 and longitude -70.6203 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the Rockport Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 3.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 52 feet.

The Rockport Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378211) 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 Rockport Census Designated Place is located within Town of Rockport, a minor civil division (MCD) of Essex County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rockport: Rockport Village, Sandy Bay.


Rockport, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 5,240 (100%)
Population in Households 5,158 (98.4%)
Population in Families 3,846 (73.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 82 ( 1.6%)
Population Density 1,317
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $77,736
Average Household Income $114,439
% of Income for Mortgage4 32%
Per Capita Income $53,331
Wealth Index5 159


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,268 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,497 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 952 (29.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 819 (25.1%)
Median Home Value $601,038
Average Home Value $724,147
Housing Affordability Index3 73


Total Households 2,449
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 1,360
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.53% 0.42%
Households 0.45% 0.41%
Families 0.37% 0.35%
Median Household Income   1.49%
Per Capita Income   1.9%
Owner Occupied HU   0.94%


Rockport, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rockport to the other 245 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 119 52nd
Population Density # 128 48th
Median Household Income # 122 51st
Housing Affordability Index # 25 10th
Per Capita Income # 61 76th
Diversity Index # 182 27th

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