Chelsea, Massachusetts Population 2024

37,771

Chelsea is a city located in Suffolk County Massachusetts. Chelsea has a 2024 population of 37,771. Chelsea is currently declining at a rate of -1.13% annually and its population has decreased by -6.93% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 40,583 in 2020.

The average household income in Chelsea is $87,148 with a poverty rate of 21.4%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Chelsea is 34.5 years, 34.6 years for males, and 34.3 years for females.

Chelsea Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chelsea was:

  • Two or more races: 43.99%
  • White: 33.93%
  • Other race: 12.47%
  • Black or African American: 6.2%
  • Asian: 2.86%
  • Native American: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
2.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
17,049.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-6.93% (-2,812)
The current population of Chelsea, Massachusetts is 37,771 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 40,583.

Chelsea, Massachusetts Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Two or more races17,54743.99%
White13,53633.93%
Other race4,97512.47%
Black or African American2,4726.2%
Asian1,1392.86%
Native American2210.55%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

Two or more races

White

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Chelsea Population by Race

Chelsea Population Pyramid 2024

Chelsea Median Age

34.5

Total

34.6

Male

34.3

Female

Chelsea Adults

There are 30,747 adults, (4,068 of whom are seniors) in Chelsea.

Chelsea Age Dependency

49.5

Age Dependency Ratio

15.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Chelsea Sex Ratio

Female18,99947.63%
Male20,89152.37%

Chelsea Population by Age

Chelsea Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All13,3862.9227.972.1
Non Family5,9831.3521.778.3
Married4,3404.1740.759.3
Female2,0924.3121.478.6
Male9713.9923.476.6
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3.82

Average Family Size

2.92

Average Household Size

27.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Chelsea Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Chelsea Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chelsea Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.69%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 42.78%.

Chelsea Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$39,672

Average Earnings

$42,721

Average Male

$34,722

Average Female

Chelsea Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chelsea Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Chelsea Language

28.99% of Chelsea residents speak only English, while 71.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 60.3% of the population.

Chelsea Language

Chelsea Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic26,4886,23523.54%
Multiple17,2824,72127.32%
White7,5941,28716.95%
Other4,8871,05321.55%
Black2,41945018.6%
Asian1,138867.56%
Native221198.6%
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21.4%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.9%

Male Poverty Rate

23.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chelsea

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chelsea is Multiple, with 27.32% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chelsea is Asian, with 7.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.56%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.4%.

Chelsea Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.52%
High School21.32%
Some College15.89%
Bachelors or Greater8.05%
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Chelsea Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed44.72%
Male Unemployed32.83%
Male Employed8.34%
Female Employed7.63%
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Chelsea Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chelsea Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Chelsea Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

34.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.9%

Male Marriage Rate

32.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Chelsea Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Chelsea Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Chelsea Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Chelsea Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

441

Number of Veterans

418

Male Veterans

23

Female Veterans

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Chelsea Veterans by War

count

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Chelsea Veterans by Age

count

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Chelsea Veterans by Race

Chelsea Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

17.45%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chelsea Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

68.7%

Labor Force Participation

62.4%

Employment Rate

8.9%

Unemployment Rate

Chelsea Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Chelsea Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Chelsea Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

39.28%

Born in Chelsea

52.98%

Native Born

47.02%

Foreign Born

31.64%

Non Citizen

15.38%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

52.98% of Chelsea residents were born in the United States, with 39.28% having been born in Massachusetts. 31.64% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Chelsea Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202935,606-433-1.2%
202836,039-433-1.19%
202736,472-433-1.17%
202636,905-433-1.16%
202537,338-433-1.15%
202437,771-433-1.13%
202338,204-433-1.12%
202238,637-433-1.11%
202139,070-1,513-3.73%
202040,5839142.3%
201939,669-260-0.65%
201839,929-364-0.9%
201740,29370.02%
201640,2865171.3%
201539,7691,0592.74%
201438,7101,0422.77%
201337,6687432.01%
201236,9257091.96%
201136,2168722.47%
201035,3442640.75%
200035,0806,37022.19%
199028,7103,27912.89%
198025,431-5,194-16.96%
197030,625-3,124-9.26%
196033,749-5,163-13.27%
195038,912-2,347-5.69%
194041,259-4,557-9.95%
193045,8162,6326.09%
192043,18410,73233.07%
191032,452-1,620-4.75%
190034,0726,16322.08%
189027,9096,12728.13%
188021,7823,23517.44%
187018,5475,15238.46%
186013,3956,69499.9%
18506,701
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Chelsea Population by Year