Shirley, Massachusetts Population 2024

1,359

Shirley is a city located in Middlesex County Massachusetts. Shirley has a 2024 population of 1,359. Shirley is currently declining at a rate of annually and its population has decreased by -20.8% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,716 in 2020.

The average household income in Shirley is $77,901 with a poverty rate of 4.56%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Shirley is 53.1 years, 52.3 years for males, and 53.3 years for females.

Shirley Demographics

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

  • White: 95.51%
  • Black or African American: 4.49%
  • Native American:
  • Asian:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
  • Other race:
  • Two or more races:
Land Area (mi²)
1.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,030.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-20.8% (-357)
The current population of Shirley, Massachusetts is 1,359 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,716.

Shirley, Massachusetts Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,29895.51%
Black or African American614.49%
Native American
Asian
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Other race
Two or more races
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Two or more races

Shirley Population by Race

Shirley Population Pyramid 2024

Shirley Median Age

53.1

Total

52.3

Male

53.3

Female

Shirley Adults

There are 1,183 adults, (249 of whom are seniors) in Shirley.

Shirley Age Dependency

45.5

Age Dependency Ratio

26.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

18.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Shirley Sex Ratio

Female63146.43%
Male72853.57%

Shirley Population by Age

Shirley Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7001.9457.642.4
Non Family3621.1529.670.4
Married3382.7987.612.4
Male000
Female000
showing: 5 rows

2.79

Average Family Size

1.94

Average Household Size

57.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Shirley 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

Shirley Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Shirley 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 100%.

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

Shirley Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$43,947

Average Earnings

$44,747

Average Male

$41,181

Average Female

Shirley Earnings by Educational Attainment

Shirley Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Shirley Language

92.08% of Shirley residents speak only English, while 7.92% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.83% of the population.

Shirley Language

Shirley Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,250624.96%
showing: 1 rows

4.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.18%

Male Poverty Rate

2.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Shirley

The race most likely to be in poverty in Shirley is White, with 4.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Shirley is White, with 4.96% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was . Among those working part-time, it was , and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.25%.

Shirley Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade
High School8.4%
Some College6.19%
Bachelors or Greater
showing: 4 rows

Shirley Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed
Male Unemployed
Female Employed
Female Unemployed
showing: 4 rows

Shirley Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Shirley Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Shirley Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

57.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

57.1%

Male Marriage Rate

57.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Shirley Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Shirley 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 55-64.

Shirley Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Shirley Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

82

Number of Veterans

82

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

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Shirley Veterans by War

count

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Shirley Veterans by Age

count

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Shirley Veterans by Race

Shirley Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

Veteran Poverty Rate

100%

Veteran Disability Rate

Shirley Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

72.6%

Labor Force Participation

67.5%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Shirley Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Shirley Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Shirley 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

73.58%

Born in Shirley

90.29%

Native Born

9.71%

Foreign Born

6.33%

Non Citizen

3.38%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.29% of Shirley residents were born in the United States, with 73.58% having been born in Massachusetts. 6.33% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Shirley Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20241,359
20231,359
20221,359-348-20.39%
20211,707-9-0.52%
20201,716-145-7.79%
20191,861794.43%
20181,78231221.22%
20171,4701098.01%
20161,361786.08%
20151,283-38-2.88%
20141,321191.46%
20131,302-57-4.19%
20121,359292.18%
20111,330-111-7.7%
20101,441
showing: 15 rows

Shirley Population by Year