Melrose, MA Profile: Facts & Data

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Melrose, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Melrose had a population of 28,903 as of July 1, 2020. Melrose ranks in the upper 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 Melrose is located at latitude 42.4584 and longitude -71.0662 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the City of Melrose encompass a land area of 4.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 56 feet.

The City of Melrose (GNIS ID: 619406) 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 Melrose: Mystic Side, Ponde Fielde.

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

POPULATION

Total Population 28,903 (100%)
Population in Households 28,629 (99.1%)
Population in Families 22,957 (79.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 274 ( 0.9%)
Population Density 6,172
Diversity Index2 29
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $103,523
Average Household Income $131,381
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $54,229
Wealth Index5 165
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 12,471 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,558 (60.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,368 (35.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 545 ( 4.4%)
Median Home Value $543,664
Average Home Value $575,787
Housing Affordability Index3 101
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 11,926
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 7,450
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.67% 0.52%
Households 0.6% 0.52%
Families 0.5% 0.47%
Median Household Income   1.55%
Per Capita Income   2.3%
Owner Occupied HU   0.76%

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Melrose, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Melrose 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 # 51 80th
Population Density # 16 94th
Median Household Income # 52 79th
Housing Affordability Index # 98 40th
Per Capita Income # 59 76th
Diversity Index # 101 59th

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