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The Athol CDP(1) had a population of 8,555 as of July 1, 2022.

The primary coordinate point for Athol is located at latitude 42.5959 and longitude -72.2268 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the Athol Census Designated Place 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Athol: Athol Centre, Athol Depot, Paquoig.

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


Total Population 8,555 (100%)
Population in Households 8,434 (98.6%)
Population in Families 6,425 (75.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 121 ( 1.4%)
Population Density 1,045
Diversity Index2 31


Median Household Income $57,611
Average Household Income $73,891
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $30,413
Wealth Index5 59


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,843 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,226 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,316 (34.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 300 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $245,198
Average Home Value $336,770
Housing Affordability Index3 99


Total Households 3,543
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 2,152
Average Family Size 3.00
  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 0.36% 0.10%
Households 0.38% 0.19%
Families   0.19%
Median Household Income   4.56%
Per Capita Income   3.56%
Owner Occupied HU   0.57%

Athol, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athol 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 # 91 64th
Population Density # 158 37th
Median Household Income # 232 7th
Housing Affordability Index # 153 62nd
Per Capita Income # 235 6th
Diversity Index # 126 50th

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