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:
- Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Everett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Boston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Watertown Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Revere (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Franklin Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Methuen Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Somerville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Braintree Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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]
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.
Population: 44,636 Population 2010: 40,560
Growth Rate: 10.05%
Absolute Growth: 4,076
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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