Palmer Town city, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Palmer Town city, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Palmer Town had a population of 12,488 as of July 1, 2020. Palmer Town city ranks in the lower 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 Palmer Town city is located at latitude 42.1888 and longitude -72.3112 in Hampden County. The formal boundaries for the City of Palmer Town encompass a land area of 31.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.39 sq. miles.

The City of Palmer Town (GNIS ID: 619387) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Palmer Town city: District of Palmer, Elbow Plantation, Kings Town, Kingsfield, Kingsfield Plantation, New Marlborough, New Marlborough Plantation, The Elbow Tract, The Elbows, Town of Palmer.


Palmer Town city, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 12,488 (100%)
Population in Households 12,427 (99.5%)
Population in Families 9,658 (77.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 61 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 396
Diversity Index2 22


Median Household Income $57,567
Average Household Income $78,313
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $32,764
Wealth Index5 79


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,614 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,323 (59.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,900 (33.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 391 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $212,336
Average Home Value $235,197
Housing Affordability Index3 139


Total Households 5,223
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 3,282
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 0.26% 0.16%
Households 0.23% 0.13%
Families 0.13% 0.09%
Median Household Income   1.07%
Per Capita Income   2.02%
Owner Occupied HU   0.41%


Palmer Town city, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palmer Town city 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 # 81 67th
Population Density # 232 6th
Median Household Income # 204 17th
Housing Affordability Index # 203 83rd
Per Capita Income # 194 21st
Diversity Index # 148 40th

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