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Fitchburg, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Fitchburg had a population of 42,570 as of July 1, 2020. Fitchburg ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Fitchburg is located at latitude 42.5834 and longitude -71.8023 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fitchburg encompass a land area of 27.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 453 feet.

The City of Fitchburg (GNIS ID: 618363) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fitchburg: Fitchburg Centre.

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Fitchburg, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 42,570 (100%)
Population in Households 39,916 (93.8%)
Population in Families 30,351 (71.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,654 ( 6.2%)
Population Density 1,530
Diversity Index2 71
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $52,675
Average Household Income $69,590
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $26,183
Wealth Index5 63
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 17,967 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,279 (46.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,678 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,010 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $214,419
Average Home Value $274,979
Housing Affordability Index3 117
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 15,957
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 9,732
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.53% 0.39%
Households 0.5% 0.39%
Families 0.38% 0.32%
Median Household Income   0.58%
Per Capita Income   1.32%
Owner Occupied HU   0.61%

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Fitchburg, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fitchburg to the other 245 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 32 87th
Population Density # 116 53rd
Median Household Income # 214 13th
Housing Affordability Index # 147 60th
Per Capita Income # 228 7th
Diversity Index # 15 94th

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