02538 ZIP Code Profile, Map, Data & Demographics

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East Wareham, MA

ZIP Code 02538: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
East Wareham, MA 02538

Acceptable Alternative
E Wareham, MA 02538

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  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • County: Plymouth County
  • Centroid: Latitude 41.781, Longitude -70.65
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes
  • Businesses Addresses: 198
  • PO Box Addresses: 487
  • Residential Addresses: 1,796
    • Multi-Family Addresses: 132
    • Single Family Addresses: 1,664

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Database updated: October 1, 2022, Maps updated: August 12, 2022.


East Wareham, MA 02538 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 4,892 (100%)
Population in Households 4,874 (99.6%)
Population in Families 3,766 (77.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 18 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 544
Diversity Index2 35


Median Household Income $66,353
Average Household Income $85,225
% of Income for Mortgage4 29%
Per Capita Income $37,002
Wealth Index5 73


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,641 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,477 (55.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 639 (24.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 525 (19.9%)
Median Home Value $359,953
Average Home Value $389,709
Housing Affordability Index3 90


Total Households 2,116
Average Household Size 2.30
Family Households 1,322
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 0.43% 0.22%
Households 0.38% 0.26%
Families   0.29%
Median Household Income   5.73%
Per Capita Income   4.24%
Owner Occupied HU   0.73%

East Wareham, MA 02538 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 02538 to the other 519 ZIP Codes 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 # 347 33rd
Population Density # 311 40th
Median Household Income # 448 14th
Housing Affordability Index # 175 34th
Per Capita Income # 447 14th
Diversity Index # 241 54th

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