These Are The 10 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:

  1. Chelsea
  2. Revere
  3. Boston
  4. Everett
  5. Franklin Town
  6. Watertown Town
  7. Braintree Town
  8. Winthrop Town
  9. Marlborough
  10. Methuen Town

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

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Chelsea

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,084
Population 2010: 34,532
Growth Rate: 7.39%
Absolute Growth: 2,552

2. Revere

Revere, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,258
Population 2010: 50,008
Growth Rate: 6.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,250

3. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 639,594
Population 2010: 602,609
Growth Rate: 6.14%
Absolute Growth: 36,985

4. Everett

Everett, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,758
Population 2010: 40,560
Growth Rate: 5.42%
Absolute Growth: 2,198

5. Franklin Town

Franklin Town, Massachusetts

Source: Flickr

Population: 32,393
Population 2010: 31,023
Growth Rate: 4.42%
Absolute Growth: 1,370

6. Watertown Town

Watertown Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,880
Population 2010: 31,591
Growth Rate: 4.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,289

7. Braintree Town

Braintree Town, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,543
Population 2010: 35,122
Growth Rate: 4.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,421

8. Winthrop Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 17,992
Population 2010: 17,311
Growth Rate: 3.93%
Absolute Growth: 681

9. Marlborough

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,141
Population 2010: 37,674
Growth Rate: 3.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,467

10. Methuen Town

Source: Google Maps

Population: 48,159
Population 2010: 46,393
Growth Rate: 3.81%
Absolute Growth: 1,766

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts are led by Chelsea which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Massachusetts

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Chelsea 1 37,084 34,532 2,552 7.4%
Revere 2 53,258 50,008 3,250 6.5%
Boston 3 639,594 602,609 36,985 6.1%
Everett 4 42,758 40,560 2,198 5.4%
Franklin Town 5 32,393 31,023 1,370 4.4%
Watertown Town 6 32,880 31,591 1,289 4.1%
Braintree Town 7 36,543 35,122 1,421 4.0%
Winthrop Town 8 17,992 17,311 681 3.9%
Marlborough 9 39,141 37,674 1,467 3.9%
Methuen Town 10 48,159 46,393 1,766 3.8%
Malden 11 60,309 58,180 2,129 3.7%
Waltham 12 61,908 59,771 2,137 3.6%
Newton 13 86,945 83,949 2,996 3.6%
Woburn 14 38,826 37,538 1,288 3.4%
Salem 15 42,321 40,964 1,357 3.3%
Lowell 16 108,491 105,089 3,402 3.2%
Cambridge 17 106,844 103,506 3,338 3.2%
Somerville 18 77,560 75,215 2,345 3.1%
Melrose 19 27,509 26,704 805 3.0%
Lawrence 20 77,364 75,177 2,187 2.9%
Peabody 21 51,868 50,455 1,413 2.8%
Weymouth Town 22 54,815 53,342 1,473 2.8%
Medford 23 56,981 55,451 1,530 2.8%
Haverhill 24 61,769 60,203 1,566 2.6%
Beverly 25 40,370 39,351 1,019 2.6%
Quincy 26 92,920 90,780 2,140 2.4%
Newburyport 27 17,662 17,288 374 2.2%
Amesbury Town 28 16,554 16,225 329 2.0%
Lynn 29 91,289 89,625 1,664 1.9%
Worcester 30 182,511 179,994 2,517 1.4%
Gloucester 31 29,237 28,893 344 1.2%
Westfield 32 41,371 40,974 397 1.0%
Attleboro 33 43,774 43,355 419 1.0%
West Springfield Town 34 28,554 28,287 267 0.9%
Agawam Town 35 28,626 28,383 243 0.9%
Chicopee 36 55,603 55,165 438 0.8%
Springfield 37 153,836 152,906 930 0.6%
Fitchburg 38 40,419 40,214 205 0.5%
Holyoke 39 40,079 39,885 194 0.5%
Brockton 40 94,267 93,869 398 0.4%
Taunton 41 56,056 55,954 102 0.2%
Easthampton Town 42 16,066 16,054 12 0.1%
Leominster 43 40,954 40,941 13 0.0%
New Bedford 44 94,873 94,945 -72 -0.1%
Northampton 45 28,637 28,709 -72 -0.3%
Palmer Town 46 12,155 12,196 -41 -0.3%
Southbridge Town 47 16,775 16,851 -76 -0.5%
Gardner 48 20,279 20,386 -107 -0.5%
Greenfield Town 49 17,484 17,610 -126 -0.7%
Fall River 50 88,756 89,482 -726 -0.8%
Pittsfield 51 44,226 44,788 -562 -1.3%
North Adams 52 13,563 13,851 -288 -2.1%
Barnstable Town 53 44,750 45,775 -1,025 -2.2%

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