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Massachusetts Census Data: Population & Housing Density

Population, Areas, and Housing Density for Massachusetts counties are shown in this easy-to-read table and chart combination.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Census.


Massachusetts Census Data: Population & Housing Density
LocationPopulationHousing unitsArea in square milesDensity per square mile of land areaLocation
Total areaWater areaLand areaPopulationHousing units
United States

281,421,906

115,904,641

3,794,083.06

256,644.62

3,537,438.44

79.6

32.8

United States
Massachusetts

6,349,097

2,621,989

10,554.57

2,714.55

7,840.02

809.8

334.4

Massachusetts
Barnstable Co.222,230147,0831,305.62910.10395.51561.9371.9Barnstable Co.
Berkshire Co.134,95366,301946.2714.95931.32144.971.2Berkshire Co.
Bristol Co.534,678216,918691.19135.19556.00961.7390.1Bristol Co.
Dukes Co.14,98714,836490.95387.18103.78144.4143.0Dukes Co.
Essex Co.723,419287,144828.53327.86500.671,444.9573.5Essex Co.
Franklin Co.71,53531,939724.7422.71702.03101.945.5Franklin Co.
Hampden Co.456,228185,876634.1215.71618.40737.8300.6Hampden Co.
Hampshire Co.152,25158,644545.4416.41529.03287.8110.9Hampshire Co.
Middlesex Co.1,465,396576,681847.5424.08823.461,779.6700.3Middlesex Co.
Nantucket Co.9,5209,210303.64255.8347.81199.1192.6Nantucket Co.
Norfolk Co.650,308255,154443.9444.35399.581,627.5638.6Norfolk Co.
Plymouth Co.472,822181,5241,093.39432.54660.85715.5274.7Plymouth Co.
Suffolk Co.689,807292,520120.1961.6858.5211,788.44,999.0Suffolk Co.
Worcester Co.750,963298,1591,579.0265.951,513.06496.3197.1Worcester Co.

Reading the Chart:

The entries under the Area in square miles headings are areas.

The entries under the Population and Housing Units headings are totals.

The Density per square mile of land area values are derived by dividing the population (or housing unit) count by the land ares. For example, dividing the total US population of 281,421,906 by the total land area of 3,537,438.44 gives a density value of 79.6 people per square mile.

In this chart the length of all of the colored bars represent percentages of the highest value of any county in the state. For example, the county with the highest population will have a colored bar that fills the cell. A county with half that many people will have a colored bar that fills half the cell. The same method is used for the colored bars shown in the Area and Density table cells. For small percentages the bar does not appear.

Abbreviations used in location names: Co.=County, C.A.=Census Area, Pa.=Parish, Mu.=Municipio.

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