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Athol, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Athol Census Designated Place had a population of 8,625 as of July 1, 2019.

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 (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.

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

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Athol, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Athol, MA Housing Affordability Index is 124
State of Massachusetts Housing Affordability Index is 87
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Athol, MA Wealth Index is 53
State of Massachusetts Wealth Index is 139
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 8,625
Population in Households 8,543
Population in Families 6,529
Population in Group Qrtrs 82
Population Density 1,054
Diversity Index1 24
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $45,088
Average Household Income $58,406
Per Capita Income $23,718
Wealth Index3 53

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 3,948 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,177 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,329 (33.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 442 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $162,636
Housing Affordability Index2 124
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 3,506
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 2,154
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.46% 0.47%
Households 0.42% 0.43%
Families 0.33% 0.4%
Median Household Income   2.95%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

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, 2019 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 # 124 50th
Median Household Income # 230 7th
Per Capita Income # 237 4th

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