These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts.

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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 2019 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. Cambridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Methuen Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Somerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Winthrop Town (Homes For Sale)
  10. Amesbury Town (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 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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 2017 – 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: 39,272
Population 2010: 34,532
Growth Rate: 13.73%
Absolute Growth: 4,740
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: 45,212
Population 2010: 40,560
Growth Rate: 11.47%
Absolute Growth: 4,652
More on Everett: Homes For Sale | Data
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: 669,158
Population 2010: 602,609
Growth Rate: 11.04%
Absolute Growth: 66,549
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: 34,553
Population 2010: 31,591
Growth Rate: 9.38%
Absolute Growth: 2,962
More on Watertown Town: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Population: 53,864
Population 2010: 50,008
Growth Rate: 7.71%
Absolute Growth: 3,856
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. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Population: 110,893
Population 2010: 103,506
Growth Rate: 7.14%
Absolute Growth: 7,387
More on Cambridge: Homes For Sale | Data
Cambridge (/kembrd/ KAYM-brij) is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

7. Methuen Town

Methuen Town, Massachusetts

Population: 49,575
Population 2010: 46,393
Growth Rate: 6.86%
Absolute Growth: 3,182
More on Methuen Town: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 79,983
Population 2010: 75,215
Growth Rate: 6.34%
Absolute Growth: 4,768
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. Winthrop Town

Source: Public Domain

Population: 18,391
Population 2010: 17,311
Growth Rate: 6.24%
Absolute Growth: 1,080
More on Winthrop Town: Homes For Sale | Data
Winthrop is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,497 at the 2010 census. Winthrop is an ocean-side suburban community in Greater Boston situated at the north entrance to Boston Harbor, close to Logan International Airport. It is located on a peninsula, 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2) in area, connected to Revere by a narrow isthmus and to East Boston by a bridge over the harbor inlet to the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated municipalities in Massachusetts. It is one of the four cities in Suffolk County (the others are Boston, Revere, and Chelsea). It is the southernmost part of the North Shore, with a 7-mile (11 km) shoreline that provides views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and of the Boston skyline to the west.

10. Amesbury Town

Amesbury Town, Massachusetts

Population: 17,218
Population 2010: 16,225
Growth Rate: 6.12%
Absolute Growth: 993
More on Amesbury Town: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Chelsea 39,272 34,532 4,740 13.7%
2 Everett 45,212 40,560 4,652 11.5%
3 Boston 669,158 602,609 66,549 11.0%
4 Watertown Town 34,553 31,591 2,962 9.4%
5 Revere 53,864 50,008 3,856 7.7%
6 Cambridge 110,893 103,506 7,387 7.1%
7 Methuen Town 49,575 46,393 3,182 6.9%
8 Somerville 79,983 75,215 4,768 6.3%
9 Winthrop Town 18,391 17,311 1,080 6.2%
10 Amesbury Town 17,218 16,225 993 6.1%
11 Franklin Town 32,843 31,023 1,820 5.9%
12 Lawrence 79,497 75,177 4,320 5.7%
13 Lowell 110,964 105,089 5,875 5.6%
14 Braintree Town 37,082 35,122 1,960 5.6%
15 Marlborough 39,771 37,674 2,097 5.6%
16 Newton 88,479 83,949 4,530 5.4%
17 Melrose 28,132 26,704 1,428 5.3%
18 Salem 43,146 40,964 2,182 5.3%
19 Beverly 41,431 39,351 2,080 5.3%
20 Woburn 39,500 37,538 1,962 5.2%
21 Malden 61,212 58,180 3,032 5.2%
22 Waltham 62,832 59,771 3,061 5.1%
23 Weymouth Town 55,890 53,342 2,548 4.8%
24 Haverhill 62,943 60,203 2,740 4.6%
25 Peabody 52,610 50,455 2,155 4.3%
26 Medford 57,700 55,451 2,249 4.1%
27 Lynn 93,069 89,625 3,444 3.8%
28 Newburyport 17,890 17,288 602 3.5%
29 Quincy 93,824 90,780 3,044 3.4%
30 Gloucester 29,858 28,893 965 3.3%
31 Worcester 184,743 179,994 4,749 2.6%
32 Attleboro 44,326 43,355 971 2.2%
33 Westfield 41,667 40,974 693 1.7%
34 Taunton 56,826 55,954 872 1.6%
35 Brockton 95,161 93,869 1,292 1.4%
36 West Springfield Town 28,671 28,287 384 1.4%
37 Agawam Town 28,748 28,383 365 1.3%
38 Leominster 41,446 40,941 505 1.2%
39 Holyoke 40,362 39,885 477 1.2%
40 Fitchburg 40,666 40,214 452 1.1%
41 Springfield 154,613 152,906 1,707 1.1%
42 Chicopee 55,778 55,165 613 1.1%
43 Gardner 20,496 20,386 110 0.5%
44 Palmer Town 12,237 12,196 41 0.3%
45 New Bedford 95,125 94,945 180 0.2%
46 Southbridge Town 16,858 16,851 7 0.0%
47 Easthampton Town 16,051 16,054 -3 -0.0%
48 Fall River 89,258 89,482 -224 -0.3%
49 Northampton 28,548 28,709 -161 -0.6%
50 Greenfield Town 17,474 17,610 -136 -0.8%
51 Barnstable Town 44,325 45,775 -1,450 -3.2%
52 Pittsfield 43,289 44,788 -1,499 -3.3%
53 North Adams 13,211 13,851 -640 -4.6%

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