Population of Cities in Massachusetts (2017)

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 667,137 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.

667,137

Worcester

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

184,815

Springfield

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

154,341

Lowell

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

110,699

Cambridge

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

110,402

Brockton

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

95,314

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.

94,958

Quincy

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

93,618

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.

92,457

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.

88,817

Name 2017 Population
Boston667,137
Worcester184,815
Springfield154,341
Lowell110,699
Cambridge110,402
Brockton95,314
New Bedford94,958
Quincy93,618
Lynn92,457
Newton88,817
Fall River88,777
Somerville80,318
Lawrence80,231
Waltham63,378
Haverhill62,765
Malden61,068
Medford57,403
Taunton56,789
Chicopee56,741
Weymouth Town55,957
Revere53,422
Peabody52,504
Methuen Town49,660
Everett46,050
Barnstable Town44,331
Attleboro44,284
Pittsfield43,303
Salem42,869
Westfield41,690
Leominster41,569
Beverly41,186
Holyoke40,684
Fitchburg40,545
Marlborough39,818
Woburn39,555
Chelsea39,398
Braintree Town37,497
Watertown Town34,319
Franklin Town33,147
Gloucester29,781
Agawam Town28,839
West Springfield Town28,693
Northampton28,540
Melrose27,997
Gardner20,333
Winthrop Town18,164
Newburyport17,982
Greenfield Town17,450
Amesbury Town17,414
Southbridge Town16,865
Easthampton Town16,030
North Adams13,263
Palmer Town12,191