Population of Cities in Massachusetts (2019)

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.

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

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 694,784 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.

694,784

Worcester

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

184,559

Springfield

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

153,465

Lowell

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

110,264

Cambridge

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

113,036

Brockton

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

96,539

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.

95,203

Quincy

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

94,366

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.

92,769

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.

89,246

Name 2019 Population Location
Boston694,784Map
Worcester184,559Map
Springfield153,465Map
Cambridge113,036Map
Lowell110,264Map
Brockton96,539Map
New Bedford95,203Map
Quincy94,366Map
Lynn92,769Map
Newton89,246Map
Fall River88,642Map
Somerville84,736Map
Lawrence80,359Map
Haverhill63,659Map
Waltham62,942Map
Malden60,459Map
Taunton56,921Map
Medford56,853Map
Weymouth Town56,332Map
Chicopee55,502Map
Revere52,707Map
Peabody52,695Map
Methuen Town50,883Map
Everett47,606Map
Attleboro44,881Map
Barnstable Town43,930Map
Salem43,174Map
Leominster42,248Map
Pittsfield41,670Map
Beverly41,440Map
Westfield41,285Map
Chelsea40,962Map
Fitchburg40,264Map
Holyoke40,244Map
Marlborough39,679Map
Woburn39,545Map
Watertown Town37,464Map
Braintree Town37,186Map
Franklin Town33,327Map
Gloucester29,972Map
Northamn28,828Map
Agawam Town28,646Map
West Springfield Town28,277Map
Melrose27,994Map
Gardner20,469Map
Winthrop Town18,403Map
Newburyport18,134Map
Greenfield Town17,669Map
Amesbury Town17,586Map
Southbridge Town16,753Map
Easthamn Town16,218Map
North Adams12,701Map
Palmer Town11,985Map