New Bedford, Massachusetts Population 2020

95,155

New Bedford is a city located in Massachusetts. With a 2020 population of 95,155, it is the 8th largest city in Massachusetts and the 343rd largest city in the United States. New Bedford is currently declining at a rate of -0.08% annually but its population has increased by 0.09% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 95,072 in 2010. New Bedford reached it's highest population of 121,217 in 1920. Spanning over 24 miles, New Bedford has a population density of 4,758 people per square mile.

The average household income in New Bedford is $58,702 with a poverty rate of 21.11%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $819 per month, and the median house value is $218,100. The median age in New Bedford is 37.4 years, 35.7 years for males, and 39.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 91.5 males.

New Bedford Demographics

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

  • White: 65.34%
  • Other race: 21.70%
  • Black or African American: 6.59%
  • Two or more races: 4.64%
  • Asian: 1.49%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of New Bedford, Massachusetts is 95,155, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 95,315.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 95,072.

New Bedford, Massachusetts Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White62,15165.34%
Some Other Race20,63721.70%
Black or African American6,2656.59%
Two or More Races4,4144.64%
Asian1,4211.49%
American Indian and Alaska Native2140.22%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander150.02%

New Bedford Population Pyramid 2020

New Bedford Median Age

37.4


Total

35.7


Male

39.7


Female

New Bedford Adults

There are 74,081 adults, (14,663 of whom are seniors) in New Bedford.

New Bedford Age Dependency

60.1

Age Dependency Ratio

24.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.4

Child Dependency Ratio

New Bedford Sex Ratio

Female

49,660

52.21%

Male

45,457

47.79%

New Bedford Households and Families

New Bedford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

New Bedford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.6%34.4%
All40.6%59.4%
Non Family29.5%70.5%
Male27.8%72.2%
Female27.7%72.3%

40.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All39,2422.3740.6
Non Family16,2891.2429.5
Married12,5503.1565.6
Female8,0363.2427.7
Male2,3673.1327.8

3.04

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

8.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

New Bedford Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9,55014.75%
9th to 12th Grade6,62710.23%
High School Graduate22,12034.16%
Some College10,37316.02%
Associates Degree5,0217.75%
Bachelors Degree7,40911.44%
Graduate Degree3,6595.65%

New Bedford Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White44,69134,7858,515
Other Race11,7237,316643
Hispanic9,6295,850572
Black3,9003,275946
Multiple Races1,8141,470312
Asian877682434
Native American1277715

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 83.97%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.49%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,153$41,705$30,847
Less Than High School$28,774$33,242$24,349
High School Grad$32,363$40,262$25,661
Some College$36,380$46,274$31,384
Bachelors Degree$50,240$52,045$49,227
Graduate Degree$59,929$60,461$59,694

$36,153

Average Earnings

$41,705

Average Male

$30,847

Average Female

New Bedford Language

New Bedford Language by Age

New Bedford Language

62.66% of New Bedford residents speak only English, while 37.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 20.83% of the population.

New Bedford Poverty

New Bedford Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White57,6549,03615.67%
Hispanic18,9786,73835.50%
Other20,4976,55131.96%
Black6,1421,69427.58%
Multiple4,2911,07224.98%
Asian1,41523416.54%
Native21410950.93%
Islander1515100.00%

21.11%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.42%

Male Poverty Rate

22.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in New Bedford

The race most likely to be in poverty in New Bedford is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in New Bedford is White, with 15.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.41%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.93%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.74%
High School18.04%
Some College16.52%
Bachelors or Greater6.74%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.70%
Male Unemployed29.76%
Female Employed9.22%
Male Employed7.27%

New Bedford Income

New Bedford Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,989$58,702
Families$55,286$68,283
Married Families$77,243$89,536
Non Families$26,248$40,314

New Bedford Marital Status

New Bedford Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.5%

Male Marriage Rate

33.1%

Female Marriage Rate

New Bedford Married by Age and Sex

New Bedford 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 45-54.

New Bedford Marital Status by Race

New Bedford Veterans

3,530

Number of Veterans

3,381

Male Veterans

149

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,167
First Gulf War464
Second Gulf War447
Korea426
World War II199
Age Group Veterans
75+1,011
65 to 74848
35 to 54794
55 to 64642
18 to 34235
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,8225.45%
Black3066.53%
Other3032.16%
Hispanic2532.14%
2 or More974.12%
Indian21.57%

$New Bedford Veterans by Education

13.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.00%

Veteran Disability Rate

New Bedford Employment Status

62.4%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

7.2%

Unemployment Rate

New Bedford Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

63.58%

Born in Massachusetts

79.98%

Native Born

20.02%

Foreign Born

8.51%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

79.98% of New Bedford residents were born in the United States, with 63.58% having been born in Massachusetts. 8.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202095,155-80-0.08%
201995,235-80-0.08%
201895,3153250.34%
201794,990-80-0.08%
201695,070-41-0.04%
201595,111-21-0.02%
201495,132590.06%
201395,073760.08%
201294,9971110.12%
201194,886-170-0.18%
201095,0561,2880.14%
200093,768-6,154-0.63%
199099,9221,4440.15%
198098,478-3,299-0.33%
1970101,777-700-0.07%
1960102,477-6,712-0.63%
1950109,189-1,152-0.10%
1940110,341-2,256-0.20%
1930112,597-8,620-0.73%
1920121,21724,5652.29%
191096,65234,2104.47%
190062,44221,7094.36%
189040,73313,8884.26%
188026,8455,5252.33%
187021,320-980-0.45%
186022,3005,8573.09%
185016,4434,3563.13%
184012,0874,4954.76%
18307,5923,6456.76%
18203,947-1,704-3.53%
18105,6511,2902.63%
18004,3610.00%