Petersham, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Petersham, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Petersham Census Designated Place had a population of 273 as of July 1, 2018. Petersham ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Petersham is located at latitude 42.491 and longitude -72.1872 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the Petersham Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.23 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,083 feet.

The Petersham Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2630529) 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 Petersham Census Designated Place is located within Town of Petersham, a minor civil division (MCD) of Worcester County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Petersham: Petersham Centre.

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Petersham, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 273
Population in Households 265
Population in Familes 220
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density2 221
Diversity Index3 7


Median Household Income $71,455
Average Household Income $98,832
Per Capita Income $40,201


Total Housing Units 141 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 104 (73.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 18 (12.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 20 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $382,000
Average Home Value $456,190


Total Households 121
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 84
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.42% 1.15%
Households 1.39% 1.13%
Families 2.41% 1.16%
Median Household Income   4.05%
Per Capita Income   3.83%

Petersham, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Petersham to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 239 3rd
Population Density # 242 2nd
Diversity Index # 242 2nd
Median Household Income # 143 42nd
Per Capita Income # 123 50th

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