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The Shirley CDP(1) had a population of 1,610 as of July 1, 2022. Shirley ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Shirley is located at latitude 42.5437 and longitude -71.6495 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Shirley Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 1.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 282 feet.

The Shirley Census Designated Place has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Shirley Census Designated Place is located within Town of Shirley, a minor civil division (MCD) of Middlesex County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Shirley: Shirley Village.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Shirley, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 1,610 (100%)
Population in Households 959 (59.6%)
Population in Families 727 (45.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 651 (40.4%)
Population Density 1,221
Diversity Index2 70


Median Household Income $64,906
Average Household Income $102,408
% of Income for Mortgage4 39%
Per Capita Income $26,988
Wealth Index5 73


Total HU (Housing Units) 774 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 388 (50.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 320 (41.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 66 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $477,381
Average Home Value $635,982
Housing Affordability Index3 58


Total Households 708
Average Household Size 1.35
Family Households 407
Average Family Size 2.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.03% -0.15%
Households -0.19% -0.37%
Families   -0.30%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   3.52%
Owner Occupied HU   0.41%

Shirley, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shirley to the other 248 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 205 17th
Population Density # 137 45th
Median Household Income # 216 13th
Housing Affordability Index # 10 4th
Per Capita Income # 245 2nd
Diversity Index # 22 92nd

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