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Lowell, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Lowell is the 5th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 111,666 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lowell 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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Lowell, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 111,666
Daytime Population: Workers 39,085
Daytime Population: Residents 58,147
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 97,232
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.87
Population in Households 107,221
Population in Familes 81,869
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,445
Population Density2 8,221
Diversity Index3 76


Median Household Income $50,735
Average Household Income $65,596
Per Capita Income $24,325


Total Housing Units 43,121 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,130 (39.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,852 (53.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,139 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $245,966
Average Home Value $274,603


Total Households 39,982
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 24,409
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 0.65% 0.72%
Households 0.53% 0.72%
Families 0.4% 0.63%
Median Household Income   0.85%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

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, 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 # 5 98th
Population Density # 14 95th
Diversity Index # 9 97th
Median Household Income # 207 16th
Per Capita Income # 229 7th

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