Essex County, Massachusetts Population 2020

Essex County, Massachusetts's estimated population is 785,160 with a growth rate of 0.61% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Essex County, Massachusetts is the 4th largest county in Massachusetts.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2018790,6385,4780.70%
2017785,1604,7930.61%
2016780,3673,1920.41%
2015777,1755,3970.70%
2014771,7787,1380.93%
2013764,6407,2900.96%
2012757,3505,8890.78%
2011751,4615,9820.80%
2010745,47975,39911.25%
1990670,08036,4485.75%
1980633,632-4,255-0.67%
1970637,88769,05612.14%
1960568,83146,4478.89%
1950522,38426,0715.25%
1940496,313-1,727-0.35%
1930498,04015,8843.29%
1920482,15645,67910.47%
1910436,47779,44722.25%
1900357,03057,03519.01%
1890299,99555,46022.68%
1880244,53543,69221.75%
1870200,84335,23221.27%
1860165,61134,31126.13%
1850131,30036,31338.23%
184094,98712,12814.64%
183082,8598,20410.99%
182074,6552,7673.85%
181071,88810,69217.47%
180061,1963,2835.67%
179057,9130.00%

How Many People Live in Essex County, Massachusetts?

785,160

Essex County, Massachusetts Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White625,58280.10%
Some Other Race72,6949.31%
Black or African American31,3174.01%
Asian26,8973.44%
Two or More Races22,5352.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,8840.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1150.01%

Essex County, Massachusetts Population Pyramid 2020

Essex County, Massachusetts Median Age

40.8


Total

38.9


Male

42.4


Female

Essex County, Massachusetts Adults

There are 611,927 adults, (127,337 of whom are seniors) in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Essex County, Massachusetts Age Dependency

61.2

Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Essex County, Massachusetts Sex Ratio

Female

404,549

51.80%

Male

376,475

48.20%

Essex County, Massachusetts Households and Families

Essex County, Massachusetts Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Essex County, Massachusetts Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.2%17.8%
All64.1%35.9%
Male51.4%48.6%
Non Family48.3%51.7%
Female41.9%58.1%

64.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All292,6592.6164.1
Married142,3913.2782.2
Non Family97,0961.2248.3
Female39,6753.3841.9
Male13,4973.2951.4

3.2

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Essex County, Massachusetts Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade30,5705.67%
9th to 12th Grade27,3585.08%
High School Graduate135,74125.18%
Some College89,10316.53%
Associates Degree44,1038.18%
Bachelors Degree126,60123.49%
Graduate Degree85,50515.86%

Essex County, Massachusetts Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White411,384388,893185,050
Hispanic87,04056,98710,554
Other Race40,74825,6883,666
Black19,83716,7594,974
Asian18,34315,6689,813
Multiple Races8,7436,3112,289
Native American1,068752243
Islander1048439

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.53%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.50%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$48,466$57,320$39,354
Less Than High School$25,430$29,283$21,486
High School Grad$35,429$44,037$26,913
Some College$41,250$51,949$34,683
Bachelors Degree$63,303$79,836$50,656
Graduate Degree$80,343$104,515$68,815

$48,466

Average Earnings

$57,320

Average Male

$39,354

Average Female

Essex County, Massachusetts Language

Essex County, Massachusetts Language by Age

Essex County, Massachusetts Language

73.99% of Essex County, Massachusetts residents speak only English, while 26.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 17.07% of the population.

Essex County, Massachusetts Poverty

Essex County, Massachusetts Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic156,81937,18723.71%
White542,38535,8746.61%
Other72,22117,67624.47%
Black30,1655,25517.42%
Multiple21,6983,92618.09%
Asian26,5922,6129.82%
Native1,87135218.81%
Islander1154539.13%

10.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.48%

Male Poverty Rate

11.83%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Essex County, Massachusetts

The race most likely to be in poverty in Essex County, Massachusetts is Islander, with 39.13% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Essex County, Massachusetts is White, with 6.61% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.54%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.69%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.77%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.65%
High School12.27%
Some College7.90%
Bachelors or Greater3.70%

Essex County, Massachusetts Income

Essex County, Massachusetts Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$75,878$105,540
Families$96,306$126,143
Married Families$118,590$149,399
Non Families$40,567$58,367

Essex County, Massachusetts Marital Status

Essex County, Massachusetts Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.7%

Male Marriage Rate

45.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Essex County, Massachusetts Married by Age and Sex

Essex County, Massachusetts 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.

Essex County, Massachusetts Marital Status by Race

Essex County, Massachusetts Veterans

34,152

Number of Veterans

31,997

Male Veterans

2,155

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam12,153
Korea4,792
First Gulf War4,017
Second Gulf War3,532
World War II2,625
Name Veterans % of Total
White32,3766.42%
Hispanic1,0510.98%
Black7683.29%
Other3590.72%
2 or More3422.91%
Asian2111.02%
Indian513.90%
Hawaiian4539.13%

$Essex County, Massachusetts Veterans by Education

5.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Essex County, Massachusetts Employment Status

67.4%

Labor Force Participation

63.7%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Essex County, Massachusetts 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

64.34%

Born in Massachusetts

83.32%

Native Born

16.68%

Foreign Born

7.62%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.32% of Essex County, Massachusetts residents were born in the United States, with 64.34% having been born in Massachusetts. 7.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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