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Athol, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Athol Census Designated Place had a population of 8,528 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Athol is located at latitude 42.5934 and longitude -72.2302 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the Athol Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.28 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 558 feet.

The Athol Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2377982) 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 Athol Census Designated Place is located within Town of Athol, a minor civil division (MCD) of Worcester County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Athol 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 Athol: Athol Centre, Athol Depot, Paquoig.

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


Total Population 8,528
Daytime Population: Workers 2,904
Daytime Population: Residents 4,946
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 7,850
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.92
Population in Households 8,446
Population in Familes 6,449
Population in Group Qrtrs 82
Population Density2 1,042
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $45,455
Average Household Income $57,339
Per Capita Income $23,376


Total Housing Units 3,913 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,205 (56.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,247 (31.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 461 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $161,007
Average Home Value $188,373


Total Households 3,452
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 2,117
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 0.43% 0.53%
Households 0.32% 0.44%
Families 0.18% 0.38%
Median Household Income   0.32%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

Athol, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athol 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 # 88 65th
Population Density # 158 36th
Diversity Index # 128 48th
Median Household Income # 223 10th
Per Capita Income # 232 6th

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