Brookline, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Brookline, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Brookline Census Designated Place had a population of 61,483 as of July 1, 2017. Brookline 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 Brookline is located at latitude 42.3239 and longitude -71.142 in Norfolk County. The formal boundaries for the Brookline Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Norfolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 26 feet.

The Brookline Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2377996) 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 Brookline Census Designated Place is located within Town of Brookline, a minor civil division (MCD) of Norfolk County.

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

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


Total Population 61,483
Daytime Population: Workers 23,719
Daytime Population: Residents 27,494
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 51,213
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 59,579
Population in Familes 38,043
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,904
Population Density2 9,108
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $110,523
Average Household Income $160,658
Per Capita Income $68,418


Total Housing Units 27,077 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,002 (44.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,936 (51.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,139 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $873,593
Average Home Value $873,764


Total Households 25,938
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 12,898
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 0.63% 0.58%
Households 0.46% 0.53%
Families 0.35% 0.47%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   2.38%

Brookline, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brookline 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 # 18 93rd
Population Density # 10 96th
Diversity Index # 33 87th
Median Household Income # 23 91st
Per Capita Income # 13 95th

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