Melrose, Massachusetts Population 2024

28,825

Melrose is a city located in Middlesex County Massachusetts. Melrose has a 2024 population of 28,825. Melrose is currently declining at a rate of -0.57% annually and its population has decreased by -2.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,708 in 2020.

The average household income in Melrose is $148,438 with a poverty rate of 4.03%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Melrose is 43.1 years, 42 years for males, and 44.8 years for females.

Melrose Demographics

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

  • White: 80.22%
  • Asian: 9.47%
  • Two or more races: 6.16%
  • Black or African American: 2.69%
  • Other race: 1.41%
  • Native American: 0.05%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
4.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
6,155.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.97% (-883)
The current population of Melrose, Massachusetts is 28,825 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 29,708.

Melrose, Massachusetts Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White23,64780.22%
Asian2,7919.47%
Two or more races1,8176.16%
Black or African American7932.69%
Other race4151.41%
Native American140.05%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Melrose Population by Race

Melrose Population Pyramid 2024

Melrose Median Age

43.1

Total

42

Male

44.8

Female

Melrose Adults

There are 23,692 adults, (5,674 of whom are seniors) in Melrose.

Melrose Age Dependency

63.6

Age Dependency Ratio

31.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Melrose Sex Ratio

Female15,12251.3%
Male14,35548.7%

Melrose Population by Age

Melrose Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All12,0372.4265.834.2
Married6,5613.1981.318.7
Non Family4,2851.2137.762.3
Male6382.2587.312.7
Female5532.8275.224.8
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3.07

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

65.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Melrose 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

Melrose Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Melrose Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

Melrose Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$84,130

Average Earnings

$90,925

Average Male

$77,984

Average Female

Melrose Earnings by Educational Attainment

Melrose Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Melrose Language

79.95% of Melrose residents speak only English, while 20.05% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 6.53% of the population.

Melrose Language

Melrose Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White22,8908433.68%
Hispanic1,493966.43%
Black7759111.74%
Multiple1,817784.29%
Asian2,779692.48%
Other4155613.49%
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4.03%

Overall Poverty Rate

3.23%

Male Poverty Rate

4.79%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Melrose

The race most likely to be in poverty in Melrose is Other, with 13.49% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Melrose is Asian, with 2.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.2%. Among those working part-time, it was 7.1%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 10.82%.

Melrose Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade11.31%
Some College6.15%
High School5.83%
Bachelors or Greater3.1%
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Melrose Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed2.45%
Male Employed1.75%
Male Unemployed
Female Unemployed
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Melrose Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Melrose Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Melrose Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

55.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.6%

Male Marriage Rate

54.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Melrose Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Melrose Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Melrose Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Melrose Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

730

Number of Veterans

623

Male Veterans

107

Female Veterans

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Melrose Veterans by War

count

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Melrose Veterans by Age

count

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Melrose Veterans by Race

Melrose Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

1.75%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Melrose Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

69.2%

Labor Force Participation

66.5%

Employment Rate

3.9%

Unemployment Rate

Melrose Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Melrose Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Melrose 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

62%

Born in Melrose

84.56%

Native Born

15.44%

Foreign Born

6.12%

Non Citizen

9.31%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.56% of Melrose residents were born in the United States, with 62% having been born in Massachusetts. 6.12% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Melrose Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202928,000-165-0.59%
202828,165-165-0.58%
202728,330-165-0.58%
202628,495-165-0.58%
202528,660-165-0.57%
202428,825-165-0.57%
202328,990-165-0.57%
202229,155-165-0.56%
202129,320-388-1.31%
202029,7081,6685.95%
201928,040-78-0.28%
201828,118-141-0.5%
201728,2591220.43%
201628,137670.24%
201528,070150.05%
201428,0552330.84%
201327,8222951.07%
201227,5272240.82%
201127,3032620.97%
201027,041-93-0.34%
200027,134-1,016-3.61%
199028,150-1,905-6.34%
198030,055-3,125-9.42%
197033,1803,56112.02%
196029,6192,6319.75%
195026,9881,6556.53%
194025,3332,1639.34%
193023,1704,96627.28%
192018,2042,48915.84%
191015,7152,75321.24%
190012,9624,44352.15%
18908,5193,95986.82%
18804,560
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Melrose Population by Year