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Salisbury, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Salisbury Census Designated Place had a population of 5,646 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Salisbury is located at latitude 42.8418 and longitude -70.8606 in Essex County. The formal boundaries for the Salisbury Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 5.95 sq. miles and a water area of 1.5 sq. miles. Essex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 30 feet.

The Salisbury Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378215) 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 Salisbury Census Designated Place is located within Town of Salisbury, a minor civil division (MCD) of Essex County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Salisbury: East Salisbury.


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


Total Population 5,646 (100%)
Population in Households 5,646 (100.0%)
Population in Families 4,050 (71.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 960
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $73,538
Average Household Income $90,733
% of Income for Mortgage4 24%
Per Capita Income $40,690
Wealth Index5 85


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,563 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,431 (40.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,101 (30.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,031 (28.9%)
Median Home Value $426,232
Average Home Value $560,098
Housing Affordability Index3 91


Total Households 2,532
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 1,402
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 1.45% 1.08%
Households 1.36% 1.0%
Families 1.25% 0.95%
Median Household Income   0.98%
Per Capita Income   1.49%
Owner Occupied HU   1.28%


Salisbury, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salisbury 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 # 113 54th
Population Density # 163 34th
Median Household Income # 139 44th
Housing Affordability Index # 59 24th
Per Capita Income # 131 47th
Diversity Index # 181 27th

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