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Malden, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Malden had a population of 65,333 as of July 1, 2020. Malden 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 Malden is located at latitude 42.4251 and longitude -71.0662 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Malden encompass a land area of 5.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Malden (GNIS ID: 619404) 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.


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


Total Population 65,333 (100%)
Population in Households 64,951 (99.4%)
Population in Families 49,377 (75.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 382 ( 0.6%)
Population Density 12,952
Diversity Index2 74


Median Household Income $62,974
Average Household Income $82,499
% of Income for Mortgage4 27%
Per Capita Income $32,429
Wealth Index5 63


Total HU (Housing Units) 27,220 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,981 (36.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,688 (57.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,551 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $413,405
Average Home Value $454,058
Housing Affordability Index3 83


Total Households 25,669
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 15,368
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 0.93% 0.83%
Households 0.79% 0.83%
Families 0.69% 0.76%
Median Household Income   2.04%
Per Capita Income   2.37%
Owner Occupied HU   1.04%


Malden, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Malden 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 # 15 94th
Population Density # 6 98th
Median Household Income # 188 24th
Housing Affordability Index # 41 17th
Per Capita Income # 198 20th
Diversity Index # 11 96th

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