Population of Cities in Massachusetts (2018)

0
Over 1 Million
5
100,000 to 1 Million
48
10,000 to 100,000

Massachusetts is the 15th most populous state in the U.S., with an estimated population of 6.8 million in 2017. Boston, which is the capital of the state, is the most populated, with an estimated 667,137 residents in 2017. The second most populous city, Worcester, falls far behind with just 184,815 people. Springfield, Lowell, and Cambridge round out the five cities in the state that have population counts greater than 100,000 residents. There are a total of 48 cities in the state which have populations that fall between 10,000 and 100,000 people.

Municipalities are classified as either a city or a town, and the form of government that is used determines this designation. Cities use mayor-council or council-manager structures, while towns hold open town meetings or representative town meetings. Under this designation, there are 56 total cities in Massachusetts and 295 towns. The smallest town in the state is Gosnold in Dukes County, with a population of just 75 people. The smallest city is Palmer in Hampden County, with a population of 12,140 residents.

Massachusetts has 0 cities with more than a million people, 5 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 48 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Massachusetts is Boston, with a population of 687,584 people.

Boston

This capital city is not only the state's largest but is also one of the oldest cities in the U.S. with a rich history.

687,584

Worcester

Worcester is the second most populous city not just in the state but in all of New England.

184,542

Springfield

Basketball was invented in Springfield, which is also known as the City of Firsts because of innovations that have come from the area.

153,668

Lowell

Lowell was incorporated in 1826 to originally serve as a mill town.

110,362

Cambridge

Cambridge was named after the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

112,241

Brockton

With wind speeds that exceed over 14 mph, this city is one of the windiest in the nation.

96,236

New Bedford

The city is one of the largest along the state's southern coast, and it was once one of the most important whaling ports in the world.

95,146

Quincy

The City of Presidents -- named as such because it was the birthplace of two presidents -- is the biggest city in Norfolk County.

94,140

Lynn

This city was once known as the City of Sin because of the crime that occurred, but Lynn is now known for its international population, open spaces and culture.

92,745

Newton

Newton has been named as one of the best cities in America to live and it has also been named one of the safest cities.

89,179

Name 2018 Population
Boston687,584
Worcester184,542
Springfield153,668
Cambridge112,241
Lowell110,362
Brockton96,236
New Bedford95,146
Quincy94,140
Lynn92,745
Newton89,179
Fall River88,738
Somerville83,598
Lawrence80,309
Haverhill63,397
Waltham62,962
Malden60,586
Medford56,973
Taunton56,895
Weymouth Town56,212
Chicopee55,665
Revere52,857
Peabody52,627
Methuen Town50,561
Everett47,184
Attleboro44,732
Barnstable Town44,038
Salem43,160
Pittsfield42,062
Leominster42,053
Beverly41,415
Westfield41,374
Chelsea40,541
Fitchburg40,314
Holyoke40,256
Marlborough39,685
Woburn39,514
Braintree Town37,223
Watertown Town36,651
Franklin Town33,268
Gloucester29,914
Northamn28,713
Agawam Town28,670
West Springfield Town28,361
Melrose27,972
Gardner20,456
Winthrop Town18,332
Newburyport18,085
Greenfield Town17,598
Amesbury Town17,534
Southbridge Town16,779
Easthamn Town16,165
North Adams12,822
Palmer Town12,026