These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2018


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Boston and Worcester, while others want peace and quiet like in Palmer Town and North Adams, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Massachusetts have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Bay State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Massachusetts for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Everett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Boston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Watertown Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Revere (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Franklin Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Methuen Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Somerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Braintree Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lawrence (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Chelsea, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Massachusetts are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Massachusetts or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Bay State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 53 Massachusetts cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Bay State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Massachusetts with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in massachusetts

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1. Chelsea

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 38,244
Population 2010: 34,532
Growth Rate: 10.75%
Absolute Growth: 3,712
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data
Chelsea is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, directly across the Mystic River from the city of Boston. As of 2013, Chelsea had an estimated population of 36,828. It is also the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts behind Somerville. With a total area of just 2.21 square miles, Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts in terms of total area.

2. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 44,636
Population 2010: 40,560
Growth Rate: 10.05%
Absolute Growth: 4,076
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Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Boston. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

3. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Population: 658,279
Population 2010: 602,609
Growth Rate: 9.24%
Absolute Growth: 55,670
More on Boston: Homes For Sale | Data
Boston (pronounced /bstn/ ( listen) 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 (124 km2) 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 (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

4. Watertown Town

Watertown Town, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 33,849
Population 2010: 31,591
Growth Rate: 7.15%
Absolute Growth: 2,258
More on Watertown Town: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Population: 53,165
Population 2010: 50,008
Growth Rate: 6.31%
Absolute Growth: 3,157
More on Revere: Homes For Sale | Data
Revere is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) from downtown Boston. It is named after the American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city has a population of 51,755 inhabitants.

6. Franklin Town

Franklin Town, Massachusetts

Population: 32,873
Population 2010: 31,023
Growth Rate: 5.96%
Absolute Growth: 1,850
More on Franklin Town: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Franklin is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Franklin is one of fourteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain “The town of” in their official names. As of 2012, the city’s population was 33,092. It is home to the country’s first library, with its first books donated by Benjamin Franklin. It also contains the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese, St. Mary’s Catholic church, with some 15,000 members.

7. Methuen Town

Methuen Town, Massachusetts

Population: 49,043
Population 2010: 46,393
Growth Rate: 5.71%
Absolute Growth: 2,650
More on Methuen Town: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 79,507
Population 2010: 75,215
Growth Rate: 5.71%
Absolute Growth: 4,292
More on Somerville: Homes For Sale | Data
Somerville (/smrvl/ SUM-r-vil) is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2010[update], the United States Census lists the city with a total population of 75,754 people, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of 2010[update], it was the 16th most densely populated incorporated municipality in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the town was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award.

9. Braintree Town

Braintree Town, Massachusetts

Population: 37,066
Population 2010: 35,122
Growth Rate: 5.53%
Absolute Growth: 1,944
More on Braintree Town: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Lawrence

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 79,337
Population 2010: 75,177
Growth Rate: 5.53%
Absolute Growth: 4,160
More on Lawrence: Homes For Sale | Data
Lawrence is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, on the Merrimack River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 76,377, which had risen to an estimated 78,197 as of 2014. Surrounding communities include Methuen to the north, Andover to the southwest, and North Andover to the southeast. Lawrence and Salem are the county seats of Essex County. Lawrence is part of the Merrimack Valley.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts are led by Chelsea which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Massachusetts

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Chelsea 38,244 34,532 3,712 10.7%
2 Everett 44,636 40,560 4,076 10.0%
3 Boston 658,279 602,609 55,670 9.2%
4 Watertown Town 33,849 31,591 2,258 7.1%
5 Revere 53,165 50,008 3,157 6.3%
6 Franklin Town 32,873 31,023 1,850 6.0%
7 Methuen Town 49,043 46,393 2,650 5.7%
8 Somerville 79,507 75,215 4,292 5.7%
9 Braintree Town 37,066 35,122 1,944 5.5%
10 Lawrence 79,337 75,177 4,160 5.5%
11 Amesbury Town 17,082 16,225 857 5.3%
12 Newton 88,317 83,949 4,368 5.2%
13 Cambridge 108,757 103,506 5,251 5.1%
14 Marlborough 39,545 37,674 1,871 5.0%
15 Waltham 62,699 59,771 2,928 4.9%
16 Lowell 109,871 105,089 4,782 4.6%
17 Salem 42,804 40,964 1,840 4.5%
18 Woburn 39,220 37,538 1,682 4.5%
19 Malden 60,732 58,180 2,552 4.4%
20 Weymouth Town 55,601 53,342 2,259 4.2%
21 Winthrop Town 18,031 17,311 720 4.2%
22 Beverly 40,967 39,351 1,616 4.1%
23 Melrose 27,787 26,704 1,083 4.1%
24 Haverhill 62,340 60,203 2,137 3.5%
25 Peabody 52,235 50,455 1,780 3.5%
26 Newburyport 17,837 17,288 549 3.2%
27 Medford 57,180 55,451 1,729 3.1%
28 Quincy 93,349 90,780 2,569 2.8%
29 Lynn 92,074 89,625 2,449 2.7%
30 Gloucester 29,546 28,893 653 2.3%
31 Worcester 183,677 179,994 3,683 2.0%
32 Attleboro 44,121 43,355 766 1.8%
33 Chicopee 56,100 55,165 935 1.7%
34 Westfield 41,486 40,974 512 1.2%
35 Agawam Town 28,701 28,383 318 1.1%
36 West Springfield Town 28,575 28,287 288 1.0%
37 Brockton 94,813 93,869 944 1.0%
38 Holyoke 40,280 39,885 395 1.0%
39 Taunton 56,504 55,954 550 1.0%
40 Leominster 41,304 40,941 363 0.9%
41 Springfield 153,991 152,906 1,085 0.7%
42 Fitchburg 40,441 40,214 227 0.6%
43 New Bedford 94,988 94,945 43 0.0%
44 Easthampton Town 16,042 16,054 -12 -0.1%
45 Southbridge Town 16,824 16,851 -27 -0.2%
46 Gardner 20,334 20,386 -52 -0.3%
47 Palmer Town 12,145 12,196 -51 -0.4%
48 Northampton 28,534 28,709 -175 -0.6%
49 Fall River 88,902 89,482 -580 -0.6%
50 Greenfield Town 17,477 17,610 -133 -0.8%
51 Pittsfield 43,632 44,788 -1,156 -2.6%
52 Barnstable Town 44,498 45,775 -1,277 -2.8%
53 North Adams 13,326 13,851 -525 -3.8%

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