Fitchburg, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fitchburg, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Fitchburg had a population of 42,233 as of July 1, 2017. 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 42.602 and longitude -71.8159 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fitchburg (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg: Fitchburg Centre.

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


Total Population 42,233
Daytime Population: Workers 15,114
Daytime Population: Residents 22,975
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 38,089
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.90
Population in Households 39,510
Population in Familes 30,131
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,723
Population Density2 1,518
Diversity Index3 67


Median Household Income $48,896
Average Household Income $62,877
Per Capita Income $24,661


Total Housing Units 17,788 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,112 (45.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,588 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,088 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $204,458
Average Home Value $240,865


Total Households 15,700
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 9,624
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 0.64% 0.62%
Households 0.48% 0.57%
Families 0.38% 0.51%
Median Household Income   0.58%
Per Capita Income   2.0%

Fitchburg, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fitchburg 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 # 33 87th
Population Density # 118 52nd
Diversity Index # 15 94th
Median Household Income # 212 14th
Per Capita Income # 225 9th

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