Lowell, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Lowell, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Lowell is the 5th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 111,029 as of July 1, 2018. Lowell ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Lowell is located at latitude 42.639 and longitude -71.3211 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lowell (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.94 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 118 feet.

The City of Lowell (GNIS ID: 618227) 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.

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


Total Population 111,029
Population in Households 106,580
Population in Familes 82,118
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,449
Population Density2 8,174
Diversity Index3 77


Median Household Income $52,807
Average Household Income $68,505
Per Capita Income $25,309


Total Housing Units 42,730 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,235 (40.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,415 (52.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,080 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $255,281
Average Home Value $294,044


Total Households 39,650
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 24,260
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.5% 0.55%
Households 0.37% 0.49%
Families 0.28% 0.43%
Median Household Income   2.41%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

Lowell, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lowell 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 # 5 98th
Population Density # 14 95th
Diversity Index # 9 97th
Median Household Income # 209 15th
Per Capita Income # 229 7th

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