100 Biggest Cities In Massachusetts For 2020

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in Massachusetts. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 222 cities and places in Massachusetts.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Bay State has to offer. You know the places like Boston and Worcester which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in Massachusetts that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in Massachusetts with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in Massachusetts, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in Massachusetts, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In Massachusetts

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Bay State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in Massachusetts from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Boston.

The smallest? Barre, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Boston, MA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 679,413
Population 2010: 602,609
Growth: 12.7%
More on Boston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Review Of Boston by HomeSnacks User

This is a beautiful city that is right on the ocean. Excellent seafood and shopping. Beautiful views and a clean city.

The food was excellent!! Seafood is fresh and local. The shopping is excellent as well. Many fun museums for the whole family.


Worcester, MA
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 185,195
Population 2010: 179,994
Growth: 2.9%
More on Worcester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Worcester pronunciation is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles west of Boston, 50 miles east of Springfield and 40 miles north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine's Day card was invented in the city.

Review Of Worcester by HomeSnacks User

Depending on where you live in Worcester, there's not a lot of crime. Compared to other cities bigger or the same size as Worcester, the murder rate is pretty low based on published data. As any other city that is surrounded by a major city, Worcester is pretty much swallowed up by Boston. To have a great time out, one needs to step out of Worcester. Most of the schools in worcester are bad with a couple good ones in the best areas of Worcester.

Rent and housing prices are not too high compared to Boston and Cambridge.


Springfield, MA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 154,596
Population 2010: 152,906
Growth: 1.1%
More on Springfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 153,060. Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts, had a population of 692,942 as of 2010.

Review Of Springfield by HomeSnacks User

It was a fun experience, with some great local colleges as well. The city had a lot of life and was fun for me on the whole.

The city will welcome most people and represents a great slice of life for the North East area of the United States.


Cambridge, MA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population: 115,665
Population 2010: 103,506
Growth: 11.7%
More on Cambridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Lowell, MA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population: 111,249
Population 2010: 105,089
Growth: 5.9%
More on Lowell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lowell is a city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located in Middlesex County, Lowell was a county seat until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. With an estimated population of 109,945 in 2014, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, and the second-largest in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The city is also part of a smaller Massachusetts statistical area called Greater Lowell, as well as New England's Merrimack Valley region.

Brockton, MA
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population: 95,426
Population 2010: 93,869
Growth: 1.7%
More on Brockton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 95,314 in the 2015 Census. Brockton, along with Plymouth, are the county seats of Plymouth County. Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts and is sometimes referred to as the "City of Champions", due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs. Two of the villages within the city are Montello and Campello, both have the distinction of having their own MBTA Commuter Rail Stations and post offices. Campello is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but also the most populous. Brockton hosts a baseball team, the Brockton Rox. Brockton is one of the windiest cities in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14.3mph.

Review Of Brockton by HomeSnacks User

Brockton gets a bad rep. There are large portions of the city that are beautiful and despite the school system being overpopulated, there are plenty of opportunities for students that want to succeed.

Favorite places: Westside Pizza Shop, Fuller Craft Museum, Rocky Marciano Stadium.


New Bedford, MA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population: 95,117
Population 2010: 94,945
Growth: 0.2%
More on New Bedford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Bedford is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 95,072, making it the sixth-largest city in Massachusetts. New Bedford is nicknamed "The Whaling City" because during the 19th century, the city was one of the most important, if not the most important, whaling ports in the world, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. The city, along with Fall River and Taunton, make up the three largest cities in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.

Review Of New Bedford by HomeSnacks User

I would rather live in New Bedford or Fall River any day.

Oh and by the way New Bedford has 8% unemployment, yeah I know 92% employment s***s.


Quincy, MA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population: 94,121
Population 2010: 90,780
Growth: 3.7%
More on Quincy: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Quincy is the largest city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. It is a major part of Metropolitan Boston and is Boston's immediate southern suburb. Its population in 2014 was 93,397, making it the 8th-largest city in the state. Known as the "City of Presidents," Quincy is the birthplace of two U.S. presidents - John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams - as well as John Hancock, a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Lynn, MA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population: 93,617
Population 2010: 89,625
Growth: 4.5%
More on Lynn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Boston, Lynn is part of Greater Boston's urban inner core. An early colonial settlement and industrial center, Lynn was long colloquially referred to as the "City of Sin," owing to its historic reputation for crime and vice. Today, however, the city is known for its large international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. The city also is home to the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Lynn Heritage State Park, and the National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.

Fall River, MA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population: 89,339
Population 2010: 89,482
Growth: -0.2%
More on Fall River: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. Fall River's population was 88,857 at the 2010 census, making it the tenth-largest city in the state.

Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in Massachusetts

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in Massachusetts.

Have fun snacking around in the Bay State!

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Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Boston 679,413 602,609 12.7%
2 Worcester 185,195 179,994 2.9%
3 Springfield 154,596 152,906 1.1%
4 Cambridge 115,665 103,506 11.7%
5 Lowell 111,249 105,089 5.9%
6 Brockton 95,426 93,869 1.7%
7 New Bedford 95,117 94,945 0.2%
8 Quincy 94,121 90,780 3.7%
9 Lynn 93,617 89,625 4.5%
10 Fall River 89,339 89,482 -0.2%
11 Newton 88,660 83,949 5.6%
12 Somerville 80,434 75,215 6.9%
13 Lawrence 79,841 75,177 6.2%
14 Framingham 71,649 67,339 6.4%
15 Haverhill 63,280 60,203 5.1%
16 Waltham 62,979 59,771 5.4%
17 Malden 61,094 58,180 5.0%
18 Brookline 59,234 57,953 2.2%
19 Medford 57,771 55,451 4.2%
20 Taunton 56,963 55,954 1.8%
21 Weymouth Town 56,384 53,342 5.7%
22 Chicopee 55,661 55,165 0.9%
23 Revere 53,966 50,008 7.9%
24 Peabody 52,865 50,455 4.8%
25 Methuen Town 50,019 46,393 7.8%
26 Everett 45,856 40,560 13.1%
27 Arlington 45,147 42,240 6.9%
28 Attleboro 44,548 43,355 2.8%
29 Barnstable Town 44,314 45,775 -3.2%
30 Salem 43,302 40,964 5.7%
31 Pittsfield 43,058 44,788 -3.9%
32 Beverly 41,731 39,351 6.0%
33 Westfield 41,599 40,974 1.5%
34 Leominster 41,579 40,941 1.6%
35 Fitchburg 40,737 40,214 1.3%
36 Holyoke 40,376 39,885 1.2%
37 Woburn 40,298 37,538 7.4%
38 Chelsea 39,852 34,532 15.4%
39 Marlborough 39,776 37,674 5.6%
40 Braintree Town 37,207 35,122 5.9%
41 Watertown Town 35,103 31,591 11.1%
42 Randolph 33,924 31,661 7.1%
43 Lexington 33,480 30,862 8.5%
44 Franklin Town 33,022 31,023 6.4%
45 Needham 30,735 28,683 7.2%
46 Gloucester 30,049 28,893 4.0%
47 Wellesley 29,201 27,623 5.7%
48 Norwood 29,201 28,375 2.9%
49 Agawam Town 28,744 28,383 1.3%
50 West Springfield Town 28,666 28,287 1.3%
51 Northampton 28,568 28,709 -0.5%
52 Saugus 28,158 26,392 6.7%
53 Melrose 28,116 26,704 5.3%
54 Danvers 27,631 26,113 5.8%
55 Milton 27,568 26,667 3.4%
56 Burlington 27,059 23,926 13.1%
57 Wakefield 26,960 24,620 9.5%
58 Belmont 26,043 24,356 6.9%
59 Milford 25,656 24,949 2.8%
60 Dedham 25,377 24,325 4.3%
61 Reading 25,100 24,261 3.5%
62 Wilmington 23,658 21,891 8.1%
63 Winchester 22,677 21,016 7.9%
64 Stoneham 22,144 21,320 3.9%
65 Gardner 20,555 20,386 0.8%
66 Marblehead 20,488 19,797 3.5%
67 Amherst Center 20,253 19,535 3.7%
68 Winthrop Town 18,535 17,311 7.1%
69 Somerset 18,207 18,185 0.1%
70 Newburyport 17,990 17,288 4.1%
71 Greenfield Town 17,468 17,610 -0.8%
72 Amesbury Town 17,378 16,225 7.1%
73 Southbridge Town 16,894 16,851 0.3%
74 Abington 16,330 15,704 4.0%
75 Easthampton Town 16,023 16,054 -0.2%
76 Longmeadow 15,830 15,759 0.5%
77 Hudson 15,508 14,653 5.8%
78 Swampscott 14,755 13,819 6.8%
79 North Adams 13,089 13,851 -5.5%
80 Lynnfield 12,847 11,487 11.8%
81 Palmer Town 12,251 12,196 0.5%
82 Webster 11,769 11,393 3.3%
83 South Yarmouth 11,624 11,468 1.4%
84 Holbrook 11,036 10,694 3.2%
85 Maynard 10,600 10,036 5.6%
86 Hull 10,424 10,420 0.0%
87 Bridgewater 9,255 7,328 26.3%
88 Andover 9,217 8,586 7.3%
89 Athol 8,412 8,020 4.9%
90 Nantucket 8,034 7,951 1.0%
91 Mansfield Center 7,892 7,601 3.8%
92 West Concord 7,402 6,204 19.3%
93 Middleborough Center 7,333 6,673 9.9%
94 Pinehurst 7,275 7,190 1.2%
95 Clinton 7,181 7,201 -0.3%
96 Plymouth 7,122 6,759 5.4%
97 Cochituate 6,942 6,397 8.5%
98 Whitinsville 6,941 7,055 -1.6%
99 North Amherst 6,891 6,619 4.1%
100 Medfield 6,776 6,564 3.2%
101 Walpole 6,401 6,438 -0.6%
102 Hingham 6,290 5,769 9.0%
103 Kingston 6,205 5,686 9.1%
104 Northborough 6,171 6,054 1.9%
105 Foxborough 5,912 5,113 15.6%
106 Ware 5,907 5,806 1.7%
107 East Falmouth 5,782 5,986 -3.4%
108 Spencer 5,705 5,655 0.9%
109 Oxford 5,662 6,373 -11.2%
110 Sharon 5,655 5,198 8.8%
111 Adams 5,572 5,260 5.9%
112 South Amherst 5,527 4,928 12.2%
113 Scituate 5,482 5,324 3.0%
114 West Yarmouth 5,271 6,103 -13.6%
115 Rockport 5,245 5,312 -1.3%
116 Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock 5,190 4,886 6.2%
117 Bliss Corner 5,137 5,649 -9.1%
118 Yarmouth Port 5,045 5,176 -2.5%
119 Marshfield 4,976 4,445 11.9%
120 Salisbury 4,927 4,891 0.7%
121 East Harwich 4,859 4,694 3.5%
122 North Scituate 4,804 5,493 -12.5%
123 Smith Mills 4,717 4,825 -2.2%
124 Bellingham 4,652 4,574 1.7%
125 Raynham Center 4,522 4,079 10.9%
126 North Westport 4,515 4,193 7.7%
127 Williamstown 4,446 3,845 15.6%
128 Forestdale 4,403 4,237 3.9%
129 Ipswich 4,384 3,997 9.7%
130 Millis-Clicquot 4,350 4,493 -3.2%
131 Turners Falls 4,100 4,550 -9.9%
132 Northwest Harwich 4,033 4,346 -7.2%
133 Westborough 3,986 3,961 0.6%
134 Orange 3,837 3,849 -0.3%
135 North Plymouth 3,787 3,782 0.1%
136 Wareham Center 3,690 2,874 28.4%
137 South Dennis 3,684 3,800 -3.1%
138 Sagamore 3,673 3,652 0.6%
139 Winchendon 3,662 4,024 -9.0%
140 South Duxbury 3,613 3,377 7.0%
141 Mattapoisett Center 3,594 2,907 23.6%
142 Falmouth 3,508 3,982 -11.9%
143 Nahant 3,495 3,431 1.9%
144 Hopedale 3,488 4,014 -13.1%
145 East Sandwich 3,478 3,823 -9.0%
146 Buzzards Bay 3,431 3,723 -7.8%
147 Littleton Common 3,402 2,890 17.7%
148 Wilbraham 3,385 3,258 3.9%
149 Dennis Port 3,373 3,436 -1.8%
150 Topsfield 3,362 2,857 17.7%
151 North Pembroke 3,255 2,746 18.5%
152 Fiskdale 3,166 2,544 24.4%
153 Acushnet Center 3,136 2,611 20.1%
154 Pocasset 3,069 2,691 14.0%
155 Monument Beach 2,984 2,622 13.8%
156 Ocean Grove 2,963 3,074 -3.6%
157 North Lakeville 2,936 2,150 36.6%
158 East Douglas 2,908 2,303 26.3%
159 Cordaville 2,905 2,749 5.7%
160 Norton Center 2,879 2,604 10.6%
161 Sandwich 2,866 2,968 -3.4%
162 Hopkinton 2,844 2,048 38.9%
163 Belchertown 2,841 2,395 18.6%
164 Boxford 2,744 2,406 14.0%
165 North Falmouth 2,698 3,187 -15.3%
166 Provincetown 2,628 2,851 -7.8%
167 Ayer 2,604 2,350 10.8%
168 Pepperell 2,573 2,423 6.2%
169 Green Harbor-Cedar Crest 2,565 2,189 17.2%
170 North Seekonk 2,534 2,588 -2.1%
171 Dover 2,533 2,390 6.0%
172 Upton 2,529 2,814 -10.1%
173 Great Barrington 2,492 2,376 4.9%
174 East Dennis 2,366 2,939 -19.5%
175 Dennis 2,360 2,360 0.0%
176 Marshfield Hills 2,337 2,455 -4.8%
177 White Island Shores 2,322 2,342 -0.9%
178 North Brookfield 2,269 2,007 13.1%
179 West Dennis 2,179 2,022 7.8%
180 West Wareham 2,173 2,085 4.2%
181 Sturbridge 2,169 2,152 0.8%
182 Rutland 2,121 2,320 -8.6%
183 Hanscom Afb 2,048 0 nan%
184 Lunenburg 2,023 1,492 35.6%
185 Lenox 1,998 1,435 39.2%
186 Devens 1,913 1,874 2.1%
187 Baldwinville 1,894 2,002 -5.4%
188 Vineyard Haven 1,887 2,470 -23.6%
189 Weweantic 1,880 1,971 -4.6%
190 Orleans 1,867 1,548 20.6%
191 South Deerfield 1,859 1,801 3.2%
192 Lee 1,841 2,123 -13.3%
193 West Falmouth 1,835 1,514 21.2%
194 Monson Center 1,811 2,073 -12.6%
195 Shirley 1,782 1,475 20.8%
196 Brewster 1,757 2,108 -16.7%
197 Shelburne Falls 1,756 1,736 1.2%
198 Harwich Port 1,739 1,478 17.7%
199 Duxbury 1,668 1,672 -0.2%
200 Hanson 1,640 1,886 -13.0%
201 Rowley 1,628 1,365 19.3%
202 Teaticket 1,597 1,701 -6.1%
203 East Pepperell 1,592 2,009 -20.8%
204 South Lancaster 1,588 1,749 -9.2%
205 North Eastham 1,548 1,648 -6.1%
206 Harwich Center 1,511 1,773 -14.8%
207 Chatham 1,480 1,751 -15.5%
208 Essex 1,376 1,538 -10.5%
209 Townsend 1,372 825 66.3%
210 Holland 1,365 1,658 -17.7%
211 Hatfield 1,352 1,407 -3.9%
212 The Pinehills 1,350 910 48.4%
213 West Brookfield 1,330 1,666 -20.2%
214 Granby 1,318 1,227 7.4%
215 West Chatham 1,272 1,134 12.2%
216 Millers Falls 1,239 1,298 -4.5%
217 Northfield 1,237 969 27.7%
218 Bourne 1,169 1,263 -7.4%
219 Groton 1,147 1,340 -14.4%
220 East Brookfield 1,124 1,266 -11.2%
221 Marion Center 1,070 1,155 -7.4%
222 Barre 1,068 1,075 -0.7%

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