Wakefield, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Wakefield, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Wakefield Census Designated Place had a population of 26,664 as of July 1, 2018. Wakefield 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 Wakefield is located at latitude 42.5044 and longitude -71.0641 in Middlesex County. The formal boundaries for the Wakefield Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0.6 sq. miles. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 105 feet.

The Wakefield Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378245) 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 Wakefield Census Designated Place is located within Town of Wakefield, a minor civil division (MCD) of Middlesex County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wakefield: Lynn Village, Reading, South Reading, The Common, Wakefield Center.

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


Total Population 26,664
Population in Households 26,404
Population in Familes 21,572
Population in Group Qrtrs 260
Population Density2 3,625
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $103,344
Average Household Income $122,548
Per Capita Income $48,694


Total Housing Units 11,092 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,499 (67.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,052 (27.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 541 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $467,008
Average Home Value $497,656


Total Households 10,551
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 6,894
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 0.82% 0.77%
Households 0.66% 0.66%
Families 0.63% 0.66%
Median Household Income   1.49%
Per Capita Income   2.64%

Wakefield, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wakefield 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 # 56 78th
Population Density # 35 86th
Diversity Index # 144 42nd
Median Household Income # 40 84th
Per Capita Income # 68 73rd

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