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Townsend, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Townsend Census Designated Place had a population of 1,394 as of July 1, 2017. Townsend ranks in the lower 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 Townsend is located at latitude 42.6767 and longitude -71.7098 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Townsend Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 308 feet.

The Townsend Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378241) 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 Townsend Census Designated Place is located within Town of Townsend, a minor civil division (MCD) of Middlesex County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Townsend population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Townsend: Centre Village, Centreville, Townsend Center.

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Townsend, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,394
Daytime Population: Workers 762
Daytime Population: Residents 584
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,346
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 1,393
Population in Familes 1,060
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density2 824
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $57,114
Average Household Income $65,547
Per Capita Income $27,991


Total Housing Units 640 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 381 (59.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 222 (34.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 38 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $229,885
Average Home Value $236,447


Total Households 602
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 356
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 2.96% 2.22%
Households 2.85% 2.16%
Families 3.02% 2.2%
Median Household Income   0.15%
Per Capita Income   1.65%

Townsend, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Townsend 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 # 218 12th
Population Density # 184 26th
Diversity Index # 195 21st
Median Household Income # 182 26th
Per Capita Income # 202 18th

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