Melrose, Massachusetts Population 2021

27,842
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Melrose is a city located in Middlesex County Massachusetts. With a 2020 population of 27,842, it is the 47th largest city in Massachusetts and the 1381st largest city in the United States . Melrose is currently declining at a rate of -0.31% annually but its population has increased by 3.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,983 in 2010. Melrose reached it's highest population of 33,180 in 1970. Spanning over 5 miles, Melrose has a population density of 5,945 people per square mile.

The average household income in Melrose is $135,189 with a poverty rate of 4.07%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,516 per month, and the median house value is $570,300. The median age in Melrose is 41.3 years, 39.6 years for males, and 42.5 years for females.

Melrose Demographics

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

  • White: 88.17%
  • Asian: 6.18%
  • Black or African American: 2.88%
  • Two or more races: 2.43%
  • Other race: 0.35%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Melrose, Massachusetts is 27,842 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 28,103.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 26,983.

Melrose, Massachusetts Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White24,78688.17%
Asian1,7366.18%
Black or African American8112.88%
Two or More Races6822.43%
Some Other Race980.35%
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Melrose Population by Race

Melrose Population Pyramid $2021

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Melrose Median Age

41.3


Total

39.6


Male

42.5


Female

Melrose Adults

There are 22,470 adults, (4,836 of whom are seniors) in Melrose.

Melrose Age Dependency

59.4

Age Dependency Ratio

27.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32

Child Dependency Ratio

Melrose Sex Ratio

Female

15,135

53.84%

Male

12,978

46.16%

Melrose Population by Age

Melrose Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Melrose Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.8%18.2%
All65.8%34.2%
Female62.1%37.9%
Male50.2%49.8%
Non Family44.1%55.9%

65.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Melrose Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,3292.4565.8
Married6,1543.281.8
Non Family4,2171.2444.1
Female6993.262.1
Male2592.5450.2

3.15

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

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Melrose Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3301.62%
9th to 12th Grade5042.48%
High School Graduate2,99714.75%
Some College2,55112.55%
Associates Degree1,4146.96%
Bachelors Degree6,14730.25%
Graduate Degree6,37931.39%
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Melrose Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Melrose Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White17,43116,81710,841
Asian1,3511,159902
Hispanic717714442
Black535510183
2+ Races330330196
Other Race989875

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 76.53%.

Melrose Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$69,491$80,287$59,415
Less Than 9th Grade$25,547$28,684$20,399
High School Graduate$38,917$63,176$25,741
Some College$52,216$51,920$52,412
Bachelors Degree$70,033$87,537$56,813
Graduate Degree$86,875$101,519$77,242

$69,491

Average Earnings

$80,287

Average Male

$59,415

Average Female

Melrose Earnings by Educational Attainment

Melrose Language by Age

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Melrose Language

86.19% of Melrose residents speak only English, while 13.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 5.96% of the population.

Melrose Language

Melrose Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White23,8639003.77%
Asian1,7281126.48%
Black7998410.51%
Hispanic872384.36%

4.07%

Overall Poverty Rate

3.45%

Male Poverty Rate

4.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Melrose

The race most likely to be in poverty in Melrose is Black, with 10.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Melrose is White, with 3.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 4.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.86%.

Melrose Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade10.86%
High School9.40%
Some College5.74%
Bachelors or Greater2.06%

Melrose Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed18.75%
Male Unemployed11.82%
Male Employed1.23%
Female Employed1.08%

Melrose Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Melrose Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$106,955$135,189
Families$147,237$168,916
Married Families$156,822-
Non Families$50,355$77,617
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Income by Household Type

Melrose Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

55.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

59.3%

Male Marriage Rate

52.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Melrose Married by Age and Sex

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Melrose Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Melrose Marital Status by Race

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Melrose Marital Status

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1,030

Number of Veterans

972

Male Veterans

58

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam438
Second Gulf War221
First Gulf War131
Korea109
World War II53

Melrose Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74312
75+287
35 to 54180
55 to 64127
18 to 34124

Melrose Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9955.03%
Black354.95%

Melrose Veterans by Race

Melrose Veterans by Education

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0.00%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.43%

Veteran Disability Rate

Melrose Veterans by Education

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71.8%

Labor Force Participation

69.6%

Employment Rate

2.8%

Unemployment Rate

Melrose Employment by Age

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Melrose Employment by Race

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Melrose Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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67.23%

Born in Melrose

87.78%

Native Born

12.22%

Foreign Born

4.73%

Non Citizen

7.49%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.78% of Melrose residents were born in the United States, with 67.23% having been born in Massachusetts. 4.73% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Melrose Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202127,842-87-0.31%
202027,929-87-0.31%
201928,016-87-0.31%
201828,103-102-0.36%
201728,205910.32%
201628,114620.22%
201528,052130.05%
201428,0392320.83%
201327,8072911.06%
201227,5162220.81%
201127,2942570.95%
201027,037-97-0.04%
200027,134-1,016-0.37%
199028,150-1,905-0.65%
198030,055-3,125-0.98%
197033,1803,5611.14%
196029,6192,6310.93%
195026,9881,6550.63%
194025,3332,1630.90%
193023,1704,9662.44%
192018,2042,4891.48%
191015,7152,7531.94%
190012,9624,4434.29%
18908,5193,9596.45%
18804,5600.00%

Melrose Population by Year