Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Massachusetts everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Massachusetts for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Chelsea ranks as the fastest growing city in Massachusetts. 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.

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.

For more Massachusetts state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2020

Chelsea, MA

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Population: 39,852
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 34,532
Percent Growth 15.4%
Absolute Growth: 5,320
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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.

Everett, MA

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Population: 45,856
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 40,560
Percent Growth 13.1%
Absolute Growth: 5,296
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Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 4 miles north of Boston. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

Boston, MA

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Population: 679,413
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 602,609
Percent Growth 12.7%
Absolute Growth: 76,804
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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.

Cambridge, MA

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Population: 115,665
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 103,506
Percent Growth 11.7%
Absolute Growth: 12,159
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Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Watertown Town, MA

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Population: 35,103
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 31,591
Percent Growth 11.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,512
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Revere, MA

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Population: 53,966
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 50,008
Percent Growth 7.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,958
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Revere is a city in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, located approximately 5 miles 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.

Methuen Town, MA

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Population: 50,019
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 46,393
Percent Growth 7.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,626
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Woburn, MA

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Population: 40,298
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Population 2010: 37,538
Percent Growth 7.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,760
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Woburn is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 38,120 at the 2010 census. Woburn is located 9 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts.

Amesbury Town, MA

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Population: 17,378
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 16,225
Percent Growth 7.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,153
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Population: 18,535
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 17,311
Percent Growth 7.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,224
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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 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. It is the southernmost part of the North Shore, with a 7-mile shoreline that provides views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and of the Boston skyline to the west.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Bay State for 2020

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

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Massachusetts, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. North Adams
  2. Pittsfield
  3. Barnstable Town

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Massachusetts For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Chelsea 15.4% 39,852 34,532
2 Everett 13.1% 45,856 40,560
3 Boston 12.7% 679,413 602,609
4 Cambridge 11.7% 115,665 103,506
5 Watertown Town 11.1% 35,103 31,591
6 Revere 7.9% 53,966 50,008
7 Methuen Town 7.8% 50,019 46,393
8 Woburn 7.4% 40,298 37,538
9 Amesbury Town 7.1% 17,378 16,225
10 Winthrop Town 7.1% 18,535 17,311

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