Medford, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Medford, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Medford had a population of 59,857 as of July 1, 2018. Medford 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 Medford is located at latitude 42.4184 and longitude -71.1062 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Medford (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0.56 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The City of Medford (GNIS ID: 619405) 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 Medford: Mistic, Mystic.

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


Total Population 59,857
Population in Households 57,852
Population in Familes 42,493
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,005
Population Density2 7,389
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $82,701
Average Household Income $102,934
Per Capita Income $42,031


Total Housing Units 25,344 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,109 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,960 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,275 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $446,223
Average Home Value $472,305


Total Households 24,069
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 13,875
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 0.77% 0.72%
Households 0.65% 0.66%
Families 0.6% 0.64%
Median Household Income   2.59%
Per Capita Income   2.9%

Medford, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Medford 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 # 19 93rd
Population Density # 15 94th
Diversity Index # 38 85th
Median Household Income # 99 60th
Per Capita Income # 113 54th

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